A police officer has died after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this week.
PC Michael Warren, 37, worked in the Met’s Territorial Support Group (TSG).
The father-of-two, who joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 2005, died on Tuesday morning
PC Warren performed a number of different policing roles and in his last four years he served as a TSG officer based at North East Area.
Due to being classed as vulnerable during the pandemic, PC Warren had been shielding at home, however his ambition to support his team and frontline colleagues was not deterred.
It comes after calls for police officers to be prioritised for the vaccine.
Britain’s top police officer was “baffled” frontline colleagues were not a higher priority for vaccines.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said: “In many other countries police officers and law-enforcement colleagues are being prioritised and I want my officers to get the vaccine.”
Police Federation of England and Wales chairman John Apter said he is “pleading” with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation to prioritise police officers for coronavirus vaccinations.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr Apter said: “Let me just put this into context: this is not about elbowing our way to the front of the queue.
“The most vulnerable in society must be vaccinated, and colleagues from the NHS, but my colleagues are vulnerable. They can’t mitigate this virus, they are not immune from this virus.
“Tragically, in this last week alone, we’ve lost colleagues to this virus. Police officers are up close and personal with people, they have to go hands-on, they have to make arrests.”
Despite shielding, PC Warren would log on remotely every day to offer assistance to his team.
Met Taskforce Chief Superintendent Karen Findlay, said: “Mike was a lovely, genuine and hard-working police officer.
“To lose his life at the young age of 37 is truly heart-breaking and my deepest thoughts and sympathies are with all who knew him, particularly his parents Pauline and Alan, his partner Vicky and their lovely children.
“Mike was a devoted father and a good police officer. Across the Met and the TSG he was a friend to many of his colleagues.
“He had a dry sense of humour and was often the heart and soul of a team in a TSG carrier. Outside of work, he was a passionate Spurs fan and dedicated his spare time to one of his life’s other passions, motorbikes.
“Mike’s passion for policing and serving the communities of London was unwavering, even after he started shielding at home so he could focus on his health given the current risk of Covid-19.
“He regularly went above and beyond to support his TSG colleagues virtually, doing anything he could to add value – our policing family has lost a kind, genuine and enthusiastic police officer.
“His death is a bitterly stark and upsetting reminder of the human impact of this virus, I know we will all miss him dearly.”
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