Tribute to fallen Met officer

The shocking death of a Metropolitan Police officer will be felt across the country but particularly by the policing family, says Maria Henry, chair of Gwent Police Federation.

Maria made the comments after the officer was shot in an incident at a Croydon custody centre in the early hours of this morning. Despite the efforts of colleagues and paramedics, he died in hospital.

“This incident is so shocking and tragic,” said Maria, “We extend our sympathy to the officer’s family, friends and colleagues and our thoughts are with them all.

“When an officer is killed in the line of duty, it is felt by everyone in the policing family and also serves as a reminder of the risks that officers face each and every day as they put on their uniform and turn up for duty.

“Sadly, while serving their communities, fighting and preventing crime and trying to keep others safe, police officers sometimes pay the ultimate price. Their sacrifice should never be forgotten.”

National Federation chair John Apter has also expressed his shock at the incident.

He said: “Policing is a family and when we lose one of our own in such a devastating way it affects us all. The dangers police officers face every day are very real and, sadly, as we have seen, can result in officers making the ultimate sacrifice. 

“There will now be an investigation and therefore it would be wrong to say any more at this time or to speculate, other than to say that our hearts are with the family of our officer who has been killed and all involved in this horrific incident.”