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Funeral of ACC Peter Lawson

Friday, December 29, 2023

We have today (Friday, December 29) paid our respects to ACC Peter Lawson at his funeral service in Charnock Richard. 

Dozens of friends, colleagues and officers joined ACC Lawson’s family at Charnock Richard Crematorium following his tragic death on December 10.

The service followed a sombre and moving police guard of honour outside Chorley Police Station, involving hundreds of uniform and plain clothes staff (pictured).

The funeral cortege stopped at St Thomas’s Road, with the funeral director walking in front of the cortege past an honour guard outside. Supt Gary Crowe, Place Based Superintendent for Chorley, South Ribble and West Lancashire, saluted the cortege before it departed to the crematorium.

Senior officers attended the service, including Chief Constable Chris Rowley, members of Lancashire Constabulary’s chief officer team, representatives from regional forces and former Lancashire Constabulary Chief Officers.

Chief Constable Chris Rowley, of Lancashire Constabulary, said: “This has been an extremely difficult time and I would like to thank everyone who attended, whether at Chorley Police Station or the crematorium, to pay their respects to Pete. 

“The loss of such a popular and well-respected colleague has affected all of us, especially those closest to him, and I’d like to share my gratitude and admiration for the incredible strength and resilience officers and police staff have shown over the past couple of weeks.

“I am also proud of how many colleagues have come together today to pay their own tribute to Pete.

“Pete was a hugely dedicated officer, serving Lancashire for 27 years, culminating in promotions to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable through determination and experience.

“He worked in all areas of the county during his career, gaining knowledge in roles and ranks throughout Lancashire. But it was Pete's character and personality that was so warmly appreciated in all the places he worked.

“As well as being a great leader, his quick wit, compassion and reliability were just a few of the things that made him the incredible person that he was. The sheer number of positive comments about Pete upon the news of his death are testament to the individual that he was, having interacted with so many during the course of his career.

“As a force we will continue to support Pete’s family and honour his memory.”