Thousands of tributes have poured in for the two policewomen shot dead yesterday.
Greater Manchester Police said 2,600 messages of condolence had already been left for constables Fiona Bone, 32, and Nicola Hughes, 23.
The messages speak of the shock at the attack on the officers, while many also paid tribute to the dedication of police officers across the country.
Condolences have been left by fellow officers from forces across the UK.
Mike Downey, from GMP, wrote: “God bless to brave colleagues. My thoughts are with you and your family. Rest in peace.”
Nick Addis, from West Midlands Police, wrote: “Absolute tragedy. Thoughts are with the families. RIP both of you. No force boundaries today, one united family”; while Detective Constable Jeff Wheble, from Thames Valley Police, said: “Our thoughts are with you all in GMP and with the families and friends of Fiona and Nicola.
“Two bobbies just doing their job have made the ultimate sacrifice, but your police brothers & sisters will never forget you. Rest in peace girls. From all of us on the CAIU team at Cowley, TVP.”
Other messages came from people in forces including Lancashire, Metropolitan, Fife, West Yorkshire, Warwickshire, Northumbria, Merseyside, and Dyfed-Powys.
Tom McGhie, former chairman of the West Yorkshire Police Federation, wrote: “My experiences when I was the chairman of West Yorkshire Police Federation at the time that Ian Broadhurst and Sharon Beshenivksy were murdered will live with me for ever.
“Their sacrifice and those of your colleagues murdered today will never be forgotten. My thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.”
Tributes were also left by people in Manchester. Peter Read wrote: “So shocked that this has happened in our city. Sincere condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of these two dedicated protectors of the public. RIP,”; while Kate Leech wrote: “RIP girls thank you for protecting Manchester.”
Greater Manchester Police said: “GMP continues to thank the public for their many heartfelt messages of condolence. So far nearly 2,600 messages have been left on the website.”
The force said work is continuing to make a physical book of condolence available. It has also requested that flowers are left at the junction of Abbey Gardens and Ashworth Lane in Hattersley.
The online book of condolence can be found at: www.gmp.police.uk/mainsite/cond.htm