I find it hard to believe that for the second time in less than five days, another police colleague has been discovered dead, this time at an address in London.
The 43-year-old PC was discovered by fellow officers at a property in Camden just after 4pm on Tuesday (February 19) following concerns about the occupant.
Officers forced entry to the address and found the body of the PC, who was in the Metâ€™s Specialist Protection Command, with a gunshot injury. Our thoughts go out to those police officers who, as always, 24/7, were ready to do their duty in difficult circumstances.
The death is not being treated as suspicious at this stage and next of kin have been informed.
A postmortem examination will be held in due course and an inquest will be opened and adjourned on a date to be fixed, a spokesman for the Met has said.
The officer is not believed to be connected with the current inquiry into a foul-mouthed-rant aimed at protection officers in Downing Street by a Conservative government minister, and before the media get too excited, it is also not believed at this time to have been a police firearm which was recovered from the address.
There is no further information available in the public domain at this time; rest assured that as usual, if the local Fed, the officers family and close police colleagues have no objections, I will keep you updated.
In the meantime, especially for armed protection officers, armed police colleagues whether they be on guard at nuclear facilities, on the streets of NI or members of a firearms team anywhere, here, in memory of this fallen officer, is a quote which was repeated to me by our training Sergeant when I first joined HM Forces.
The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” John Stewart Mill.