Dozens of police officers have gathered in remembrance of PC Jon Henry, who was killed in Luton eight years ago today.
On June 11 2007 PC Henry responded to reports of a man threatening members of the public with a knife on George Street, Luton.
He was stabbed twice by Tennyson Obih and died later that day.
Obih, who was a paranoid schizophrenic, was convicted of murder and jailed for life.
At the time of PC Henry’s death he left behind his wife Mary and daughter Maggie, who was less than one year old at the time.
To mark the anniversary officers gathered around PC Henry’s plaque on George Street at 12:30 this afternoon for a one minute silence.
A short poem was then read out.
Assistant chief constable Mark Collins, who met PC Henry’s family today, said: “It is important that the force and the communities in Bedfordshire pay tribute to PC Jon Henry, who paid the highest price carrying out his duty to protect the people of Bedfordshire.
“This was a young man with a very young family and our hearts go out to them today.
“Bedfordshire Police is full of brave and selfless people committed to protecting people and fighting crime and this gives us all an opportunity to reflect on the bravery of all of our officers who work hard every day to keep Bedfordshire safe.”