Given the incredibly sad nature of the events that took place in London yesterday which saw PC Keith Palmer lose his life protecting others whilst simply doing his job, I felt it appropriate to share some of the commentary regarding this event.
‘A service left numb following police officer death’
“No words can capture how members of the policing family will feel after today’s horrific events,” Steve White, Chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said.
The Prime Minister has paid tribute to the “exceptional bravery” shown by police officers following Wednesday’s terrorist attack which left one officer dead.
An MP has called for a permanent memorial to the police officer who died protecting Parliament in a terror attack that struck at the heart of Britain’s democracy. Police Constable Keith Palmer was one of five people – including the suspect – killed as he tried to intercept a terrorist believed to have driven through crowds on Westminster Bridge before storming the entrance to the Houses of Parliament. PC Palmer, part of the Parliament and Diplomatic Protection Command, was stabbed to death confronting an attacker who had already fatally injured three other people.
Policing is a difficult and dangerous job and there is no doubt in my mind that the public are thankful for those officers who do it every day.
We must also remember the members of the public who lost their lives in this incident and those injured by this terrible act, we wish them all a speedy recovery.
Should you wish you can donate to the Police Dependants’ Trust which provides financial support to injured officers, their families and loved ones when things go wrong.
Our thoughts and prayers and most sincere condolences go out to PC Palmer, his family, friends and colleagues. He will not be forgotten.