Tribute to Met officer

The tragic death of a Metropolitan Police officer in an incident at a Croydon custody centre in the early hours of this morning serves as a reminder of the daily dangers police officers face, says the secretary of Dyfed Powys Police Federation.

Roger Webb was speaking after the officer was shot by a man being detained in custody. Despite the efforts of officers and paramedics at the scene, he died in hospital.

“Our hearts go out to the officer’s family, his family, his friends and his colleagues at this time and we extend our heartfelt sympathies to them,” Roger said.

“This incident will have a massive impact on members of the policing family. When any officer is killed in the line of duty, it is felt by everyone in the policing family.

“If anyone is deeply affected by this incident and needs support, the Federation is here for you.”

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.”