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Published on Jan 3, 2008
A poem entitled "Behind the Badge" is dedicated to the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC.
300 RUC officers have been murdered during "The Troubles." IRA murdered 277 officers, INLA & IPLO -- 12 officers & loyalist terrorists -- 8 officers. Three officers were murdered by unknown groups. In addition, four officers were killed by the security forces by mistake and over 9,000 injured during the course of their duties.
Families of RUC officers were also subjected to abuse, threats, being attacked and burnt out of their homes and also had to live with the daily threat and stress of terrorism.
The RUC and it's families were awarded the George Cross in 1999 by HM The Queen, in recognition of the collective and sustained bravery during "The Troubles" in Northern Ireland.