The emergency services community has paid tribute after the death of a Thames Valley Police officer.
A spokesperson for the Thames Valley Police Federation said:
“We have suffered the devasting loss of a colleague today (28th December).
“We are not releasing any more details – our thoughts are with family, friends and close colleagues at this time.
No further details regarding the tragic death were released by either the Thames Valley Police Federation or by official Thames Valley Police channels.
The spokesperson added: “What we can say is it’s ok to not be ok. Please talk to someone if you need to”.
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said:
‘We can confirm that an off-duty serving Thames Valley Police officer was found deceased on Monday (28/12).
‘The investigation is being treated as an unexplained and non-suspicious death, and a file will be passed to the coroner.
‘The thoughts of everyone in the force are with the officer’s family, friends and close colleagues at this very sad time’.
The Chair of the Police Federation of England & Wales, John Apter, said:
“This is truly devastating news. I have spoken with [the Chairman of the Thames Valley Police Federation] and am there for him and his colleagues at this terrible time.
“Thoughts are with the officers family, friends and colleagues.
“The police family stands with Thames Valley Police”.
Replying to the tweet published by the Thames Valley Police Federation, one person said:
“People forget than under the uniform is a real person with emotions and feelings.
“Police officers see so many horrible things and should be given the support they need to deal with it.
“RIP hero and on behalf of everyone thank you for everything”.
Policing analyst and former cop, Graham Wettone, said:
“Such sad news – please do reach out and talk if you need to. There is help and support available”.
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Anyone feeling emotionally distressed or suicidal can call Samaritans for help on 116 123 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Mental Health Charity’ Mind’ also operate a mental health helpline for members of the emergency services. To make contact with a member of their team, call 0300 123 3393.
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