Kent Police Federation have reported the death of a serving police officer, Detective Sergeant Benjamin Turner.
Within hours of this tragic news, their Facebook page was inundated with hundreds of tributes from people who had served with, or knew, Ben Turner. As you are probably aware, I monitor these issues where I can, usually because readers alert me on Twitter or by email, and I have never seen such a huge outpouring of support and collective tribute as this.
Reading the comments from his colleagues and friends provides a clear picture of a legend of a man; a man of great humour, compassion and professionalism.
Policing is not predominantly popularity contest. But popularity can be an important quality of its own. It is this quality, along with the respect his colleagues obviously felt for his coppering, which has caught even the Federation by surprise:
The circumstances of Ben’s passing are not for discussion here. Formal notification by his force is yet to take place. But it is clear that once again, far too often these days it seems, we have lost another one of the best of us. An internet search will inform you that Ben had specialised in locking up criminals who prey on vulnerable and elderly people, usually as rogue builders or downright fraudsters. This is some of the most valuable work we can ever do as police officers. This is the kind of thing we all joined up to do, and Ben Turner did it time and time again.
Rest In Peace DS Ben Turner – Crime Fighter, Palace fan,Â father, husband, brother, son, friend, mentor. Policeman.
Gadget Note: I have delayed the ‘Officer Down’ post about West Midlands Police officer PC Chris Findley after a request from someone close to him. Chris is not forgotten; a selfless and humble man, always watching out for those in need of cheering up, which he achieved through his warm, infectious personality and sense of humour.