Five other police officers and employees in the metropolitan area have died of coronavirus.
A custody sergeant is the fifth Metropolitan Police officer to die from the virus. He showed up tonight, Tuesday January 26th.
This is followed by the deaths of three police officers and one traffic policeman since January 11th.
Met Detention’s unnamed custody sergeant has died in the past 24 hours.
Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said the force was “deeply saddened” by the news – and spoke today of the virus’ “devastating effects” on police.
She said it showed “police are not immune”.
A Met statement said Camden PC John Fabrizi passed away on Sunday just under a week after the death of his colleague PC Michael Warren of the Territorial Support Group (TSG) on Jan. 19.
Camden police said on Twitter that PC Fabrizi was “very popular” and had done “so many good things in a life”.
PC Michael Warren, 37, joined the Met in 2005 and has served as a TSG officer for the past four years.
He was classified as “vulnerable” and had been screened at home and worked remotely to help his team, the Met said.
Chris Barkshire, Community Support Officer for the Traffic Police, died on January 11th.
PC Sukh Singh of the Met Forensic Command died on Monday.
Ms. Dick said: “I am deeply saddened by the news that Covid has taken five of our colleagues from us in the past few days and weeks.
“Police work is family and the extent of our loss is really shocking.
“My deepest condolences go to the families, friends and colleagues of Police Officer John Fabrizi, Police Officer Michael Warren, Traffic Police Community Support Officer Chris Barkshire, Police Officer Sukh Singh and our colleague from Met Detention who will be named shortly.”
She also spoke about three other colleagues who died of coronavirus last year, describing the “devastating impact” the pandemic had on the country.
She added, “As this horrific news recently shows, the police are not immune and it is inevitable that our officials and staff will come into contact with the virus while fighting crime, responding to emergencies, and just living in their communities come.
“Police officers and many of our employees cannot fight crime or protect the vulnerable by working from home.”
London Mayor Sadiq Khan described the news as “deeply worrying”.
He said: “Our hardworking and dedicated police officers and staff have been on the front lines during this pandemic and I know Londoners will join me in paying tribute and offering our support to the Met Police family who will mourn this difficult and challenging time.
“It is critical that our key workers, including our emergency services, receive the vaccine as soon as possible, and I will continue to do everything I can to pressure the government to accelerate its rollout so that we can protect those in protection.” serve us. “