Tributes were paid to PC Ian Dibell at a special memorial service in Clacton today.
He was shot dead last month as he tried to defend a neighbour from a man armed with a gun. Hundreds attended the service, including some of the country's most senior police officers. Martin Stew reports.
The girlfriend of Pc Ian Dibell delivered a moving eulogy at his memorial service.
Louise Lilley, a police community support officer,told the congregation that she should have been flying to Majorca this morning with Pc Dibell on a holiday to mark the start of a new beginning.
Miss Lilley told those attending the memorial service in St James Church in Clacton-on-Sea, that all he wanted to do was put on his uniform on and right the wrongs.
Chief constables from neighbouring police forces, rank and file officers, were among those attending the service.
Home Secretary Theresa May joined police officers of all ranks as they paid tribute to a colleague shot dead as he went to the aid of a member of the public.
Hundreds of people packed St James Church in Clacton-on-Sea to remember Pc Ian Dibell, 41, who was killed near his home.
The memorial service was attended by Pc Dibell's family, chief constables from neighbouring police forces, rank and file officers, and members of the public.
Officers from Essex Police held a guard of honour at the entrance to the church.
Pc Dibell's girlfriend, police community support officer Louise Lilley, his sister-in-law Nicole Dibell, and Essex chief constable Jim Barker-McCardle were delivering tributes during the service.
A message of condolence from the Prince of Wales was read to the congregation.
Friends and colleagues of murdered police officer Ian Dibell will pay tribute to him at a memorial service in his home town of Clacton-on-Sea,