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Honouring and Remembering British Police Officers who Lost their Lives in the Line of Duty



Honouring Police Officers who
have been killed, or died as a result
of injuries received, in consequence
of the execution of their duty.

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Remembering Police Officers who
have otherwise died, on or in
connection with their duty, or
whilst serving overseas.


Stephen Carroll

Stephen Paul Carroll


Police Service of Northern Ireland

Died 9 March 2009, aged 48

PSNI Crest

During the late evening officers responded to a call for help from a member of the public at Craigavon in County Armagh; Constable Carroll and colleagues were providing backup for officers at the scene when shots were fired through the rear window of their unmarked car and he was hit in the head and killed.

A dissident republican terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack,
for which two men were convicted of murder in March 2012.

Stephen had served since March 1988 with the Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross and the P.S.N.I. and was stationed at Portadown as part of the Tactical Support Group.

He is survived by his wife and son, four grandchildren,
his parents, three brothers and sister.

His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour at the National Police Memorial in London.

Gary Toms

Gary Andrew Toms

Police Constable

Metropolitan Police

Died 17 April 2009, aged 37

Metropolitan Police Crest

Following a robbery at a house in Dagenham early on the morning of 11 April, armed response officers pursued a suspect car into a road in Newham, East London, and whilst attempting to stop and arrest the escaping suspects, PC Toms sustained severe head injuries from which he later died in hospital.

An inquest found the officer fell from the police vehicle which he was about to exit when it reversed and rammed the suspect's car and a verdict of accidental death was recorded. The suspects were all arrested, convicted of robbery and imprisoned.

Gary was appointed in January 2002 serving in Barking and Dagenham Borough and with the North East Territorial Support Group for three years before moving in
November 2008 to CO19 Firearms Unit based at Leman Street.

He is survived by his wife and his mother and sister.

His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour at the National Police Memorial in London and a memorial stone was erected at the scene by the Police Memorial Trust.

Phillip Pratt

Phillip Edward Pratt

Police Constable

Kent Police

Died 14 June 2009, aged 26

Kent Police Crest

Fatally injured when he was struck by a vehicle whilst diverting traffic to protect the scene of an earlier road traffic accident during the early morning
on the A249 dual carriageway near Sittingbourne.

The driver was charged but found not guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Phillip was appointed in January 2005, after previous service in Force Communications and as a Special Constable; he was a response officer stationed at Sittingbourne.

He is survived by his parents and his sister and
his fiancée and her two sons aged 14 and 10 years.

John Gilbert

John Mantle Gilbert

Detective Sergeant

Metropolitan Police

Died 9 August 2009, aged 58

Metropolitan Police Crest

Whilst he was diving with the Metropolitan Police Sub-Aqua Club off the Sussex coast, a colleague got into difficulties; Sergeant Gilbert, an experienced diver, remained with him, sharing his air and assisting him to the surface but as a result John himself suffered decompression sickness and died the following day.

Posthumously awarded the Royal Humane Society's In Memoriam Testimonial.

John joined in 1980, and worked with the Edgeware Child Abuse Investigation Team.

He was survived by his wife and his adult son and daughter.

Bill Barker

William Arthur Alistair Barker

Police Constable

Cumbria Constabulary

Died 20 November 2009, aged 44

Cumbria Constabulary Badge

At night during severe flooding officers attended reports of the collapse of Northside Bridge, Workington and of a vehicle having gone into the river; whilst PC Barker was checking the damaged bridge and searching for casualties the area where he was standing collapsed and he was swept away and killed.

Posthumously awarded the Queen's Commendation for Bravery
and the Royal Humane Society's In Memoriam Testimonial.

Bill had completed 25 years police service and was a traffic officer attached to the Roads Policing Unit based at Workington; he had won a number of awards during his service.

He is survived by his wife, two sons aged 16 and 13 and two daughters aged 15 and 6.

His name is recorded on the Roll of Honour at the National Police Memorial in London.


George Small

George Adam Small

Police Constable

Metropolitan Police

Died 21 January 2009, aged 29

Metropolitan Police Crest

Killed in a road traffic collision whilst travelling home from duty at Catford late at night when his motorcycle was in collision with a car at Bromley.

George was appointed to the police in January 2003 and since 2007
had worked as a Traffic Officer based at Catford Traffic Garage.

He is survived by his wife and son aged 17 months;
his parents, two sisters and brother.

Diane Donald

Diane Christine Donald

Detective Constable

Strathclyde Police

Died 21 January 2009, aged 40

Killed in a road traffic accident while travelling to report for duty in the early morning when her car left the carriageway of the M8 motorway in icy road conditions and struck a tree near Glasgow Airport.

Diane was appointed in 2001, after service as a prison officer; she became a detective in 2007, stationed in Glasgow and was seconded to Crime Division Operations at Govan.

She was a single woman and is survived by her father and brother.

James Drew

James Alexander Drew

Police Constable

Hampshire Constabulary

Died 22 January 2009, aged 27

Hampshire Crest

Fatally injured in a road accident while travelling to report for early morning duty at Alton when his car left the A31 road and struck a tree near Winchester.

James had joined the police in November 2003 and was stationed at Alton Police Station where he worked on the Targeted Patrol Team.

He was a single man and is survived by his parents and elder brother.

Laura Williams

Laura Ruth Williams

Police Constable

Metropolitan Police

Died 19 February 2009, aged 41

Metropolitan Police Crest

Collapsed and fell unconscious while on duty at Greenwich Park Police Station, she was taken to hospital but died in the early hours of the following day, having suffered a brain haemorrhage.

Laura joined the Royal Parks Constabulary in September 1998; in 2001 she was diagnosed with Leukaemia but returned to work after treatment. After amalgamation into the Metropolitan Police she worked on a response team and recently as a Safer Parks Officer and had several commendations for her good work.

She is survived by her partner and two children, boys aged 5 and 2 years;
her mother, four brothers and one sister.

Chris Dent

Christopher James Dent

Police Constable

Metropolitan Police

Died 22 April 2009, aged 36

Metropolitan Police Crest

Killed in a road traffic collision while travelling home from duty in the evening when a car was in collision with his motorcycle at Perivale, West London.

The car driver was convicted of causing death by careless driving, receiving a 20-week suspended prison sentence, 100 hours community service and two year driving ban.

Chris was a motorcyle traffic officer based at Alperton since June 2005, having originally joined Thames Valley Police in 2000 from Berkshire Ambulance Service.

He is survived by his wife, two sons aged 10 and 6 years and a daughter aged 6;
his parents, brother and four sisters.

Dave Adams

David Leslie Adams

Police Community Support Officer

Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Died 28 April 2009, aged 59

Whilst assisting at a road traffic collision during the evening near Woolverton, he was placing warning signs when he collapsed and died from heart failure.

Dave had worked for the Constabulary for 20 years having been a Traffic Warden
for 15 years before his appointment as a PCSO based at Frome.

He is survived by his wife, adult daughter and two adult sons;
his father, two brothers and two sisters.

Michael Johnson

Michael James Johnson

Police Constable

Wiltshire Police

Died 3 August 2009, aged 46

Wiltshire Police Crest

When reporting for duty at Westbury Police Station, after jogging to work from his home, he collapsed in the station and despite attempts to resuscitate him he died soon afterwards from heart failure.

Mike was appointed in 1987 and worked at Westbury as a Neighbourhood Beat Manager; he had also served as a Firearms Officer and been commended for bravery.

He is survived by his daughter aged 18 and son 13, his fiancée and her
three daughters aged 20, 16 and 11; his parents and a brother and sister.

Iain McLay

Iain Stuart McLay

Police Sergeant

Metropolitan Police

Died 2 November 2009, aged 42

Metropolitan Police Crest

Fatally injured while travelling to report for duty in the early morning
when his motorcyle was involved in a road traffic collision at Lewisham.

Iain was appointed in February 1986 and served with the Territorial Support Group. before being attached to the Specialist Crime Directorate Intelligence Bureau.

He is survived by his wife and daughter aged 22 months; his parents and brother.


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