Page 6 - Police Magazine - April 2017
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                      View from
                      the chair

                      Steve White,
                      chair of the
                      Police Federation
       Belief and

       dedication to

       our oath

       I write this less than 24 hours after
       the callous and cold-blooded
       murder of PC Keith Palmer.             Officers detain terrorist Khalid
        The thoughts and prayers of the       Masood at gunpoint following
       whole policing community remain        the attack in central London
       with his family and loved ones. As
       a service we are bound together       Tributes paid                                       The emergency
       by ties which are stronger than any                                                       services dealt with
       attack, any bullet, any blade.                                                            dozens of casualties on
        The events unfolded in the ‘mother   to hero PC                                          Westminster Bridge
       of parliaments,’ the members of which
       have a duty towards the protection
       and security of its citizens.         The family of PC Keith Palmer have described him
        The blame for the attack lies with   as a “wonderful dad and husband, a loving son,
       those cowardly figures who hide       brother and uncle”.
       behind an ideology which surpasses     In a statement they said the long-time supporter of
       most people’s understanding and,      Charlton FC was “dedicated to his job and proud to be a
       like many of you, I sat frustrated    police officer, brave and courageous. A friend to everyone who
       watching events unfold wishing I could   knew him. He will be deeply missed. We love him so much.”
       be there to help our colleagues.       A tearful MP who served in the Army with PC Keith Palmer
                                             called for a posthumous honour for his fallen friend.
       Daily challenges                       Braintree MP James Cleverly gave an emotional speech
        Through belief and dedication to     about his friendship with the officer whom he’d first met
       our oath, the police service rises    25 years ago when they were both in the Royal Artillery.
       to daily challenges and in times of    He described him as “a strong, professional
       crisis, one will never hear a complaint   public servant” and asked the Prime Minister to
       from those who choose to serve.       consider recognising PC Palmer with a posthumous
        All we ask in return is support,     honour for his gallantry and sacrifice.
       understanding and a recognition that in   Prime Minister Theresa May said PC Palmer was “every
       order for us to do our job, we look to the   inch a hero and his actions will never be forgotten” and
       famous seat of democracy to do theirs.  promised that an honour would be considered.
        The safety of our communities is of   Colleagues have been paying tribute to the officer, who
       a higher priority than any, for without   “was liked by everyone” and was “a lovely person.”
       this everything else is an irrelevance.  It has also emerged that PC Palmer once saved a colleague’s
                                             life following a car crash. A former officer, identified only
                                             as Nina, from Orpington, revealed the details on a radio
                                             call-in show. She told listeners: “Yes I did know him very
                                             well. He did save my life, in fact. So I just wanted to ring up
                                             to let everybody know what a wonderful man he was.
                                              “I was a police officer at the time, in 2007. I had a
                                             car accident on duty, I was the passenger. He was
                                             one of the police officers who saved my life.
             Follow me on Twitter @PFEW_Chair  “He was just fun, he was a laugh, and he cared.”

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