PC Dave Phillips to receive posthumous Freedom of the Borough

Merseyside / May 20

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner will join the family and friends of Dave Phillips at a ceremony where the officer will posthumously receive the Freedom of the Borough and The Wirral Award today.

Married father-of-two PC Phillips was killed last year after being struck by a stolen vehicle in Wallasey.

In the weeks after his death, hundreds of local people paid their respects by signing Books of Condolence at Wallasey and Birkenhead Town Halls, as well as Town Halls across the region.

PC Phillips was well known in the local community and worked closely with the council and other organisations to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

In March, Wirral Council announced that PC Phillips would receive the Borough’s highest honour as a tribute to his ‘professionalism and kindness’.

Those awards will be presented to his widow Jen and his family at a special meeting of Wirral Council at Wallasey Town Hall this afternoon.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy will attend the ceremony alongside Merseyside Police’s Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy, other officers and invited dignitaries.

Jane said: “I am honoured to be among the people invited to see Jen Phillips collect these awards on behalf of her husband PC David Phillips.

“Constable 6554 David Phillips grew up in the Wirral and joined his local Force, Merseyside Police, to serve the people of his local community. He joined because he wanted to help keep the people of the Wirral safe, including his beloved wife and daughters.

“PC Phillips made the ultimate sacrifice in his commitment to his community and I can think of no-one more deserving of this, the Borough’s highest recognition.”

Wirral Council Leader, Cllr Phil Davies, said: ‘It is obvious from the comments in the books of condolence, PC Phillips touched many lives with his professionalism, judgement and kindness.

‘On behalf of the people of Wirral, we want to pay tribute to those qualities by awarding PC Phillips the highest civic honour we can.’