A Police Constable has tragically lost his life while on duty.
Our immediate thoughts go to the officers family, friends and fellow officers of all ranks.
The Final Inspection
The Police Officer stood and faced his God; which for all must come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining, just as brightly as his brass.
“Step forward now Officer. Just how shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek? To my Church have you been true?”
The Officer squared his shoulders, sighed; “No Lord, and with you I’ll be straight.
But those of us who carry the badge can’t always be a Saint.
I’ve had to work most Sunday’s – and I’m sorry I kept silent,
… and sometimes I’ve been a little tough because those streets are violent.
But I’ve never passed a cry for help even if I shook with fear.
… and please, Good Lord, forgive me? I’ve wept so many tears.
I know I don’t deserve a place amongst the people here.
They’ve never wanted me around, except to calm their fear.
If you have a place for me Lord, it needn’t be so grand.
I’ve never expected or had that much – so if you don’t – I’ll understand.”
There was Silence all about the throne – where Saints had often trod.
And the Officer waited quietly for the Judgement of His God.
“Step forward now Officer – you’ve borne your burdens well.
Come walk a Beat on Heaven’s Streets. You’ve done your time in Hell.”
Cumbria Constabulary sadly confirmed that a police officer has died following a single-vehicle road traffic collision that occurred earlier today (Jan 26).
Our thoughts are this evening with @Cumbriapolice on the tragic loss of a Constable – it’s not how an officer dies that made them a hero, It’s how they lived. #ThinBlueLine #Policing pic.twitter.com/kGyk0rJXje
— Police Hour (@PoliceHour) January 26, 2020
The officer – a 47-year-old man who worked for Cumbria Constabulary’s Mobile Support Group – was pronounced dead at the scene and was the only occupant of the vehicle.
Specialist officers are supporting his family at this time.
Cumbria Police had been dealing with a one-vehicle road traffic collision on the M6 Southbound between junction 44 and 43.
The collision occurred today (Jan 26) at approximately 2pm and involved one police vehicle.
The M6 is closed in both directions at junction 44 and 43.
The road is likely to be closed for some time while collision inquiries are ongoing, please seek alternative routes.
Once again our thoughts go to the officers family, friends and fellow officers of all ranks at this extremely difficult time.