A huge procession of police officers led the way to Liverpool's Anglican cathedral yesterday for the funeral of PC David Phillips.
The officers turned out in a show of solidarity and support for Phillips, who was killed on 5 October during a high-speed car chase.
The 34-year-old was struck by a stolen Mitsubishi car as it mounted a central reservation near the docks at Wallasey. His death shook the policing community and was seen as an example of the dangers frontline police face.
During the service, Merseyside Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy paid tribute to Phillips as a "professional, dedicated leader and role model".
"Dave has reminded us all of who we are, what we are, what we stand for, and what we mean to each other," he said.
Eighteen-year-old Clayton Williams was charged with Phillips's murder and will face trial at Preston crown court in March next year.
There was spontaneous applause as Phillips's coffin was carried out from the cathedral following the service, the Liverpool Echo reported.
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