PCC praises police in wake of Westminster attack
Following yesterday's incident in Westminster, the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner has produced the following message:
Today, flags fly at half-mast at Kent Police Headquarters and around the county in memory of those who were killed in yesterday’s atrocity at Westminster, and a minute’s silence has been observed here alongside that which took place at the House of Commons.
I would like to pay tribute to PC Keith Palmer, who was tragically killed in the line of duty at Westminster yesterday. He selflessly laid down his life for the protection of his colleagues, members of the public and our democratic institutions. He is a hero who dedicated his life to public service - first in the Armed Forces and then as a police officer. I had the privilege of working in the Houses of Parliament for over a decade and had family and friends working there yesterday. Although investigations are still ongoing I have no doubt that the incredible bravery and actions of PC Keith Palmer and his colleagues saved many lives.
There are no words that can express the depths of gratitude and respect I have for PC Palmer. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues. To them, I offer my deepest condolences and sympathies at this most difficult of times. Those of us who have relatives working in policing do often worry for the safety of their loved ones. They will naturally be more concerned today and in the coming weeks.
To every individual in the police service, and the wider policing family and our partners, I have this message: You are not alone. There are millions of people across the country who stand with you today in sadness, solidarity and support.
I offer the same condolences to the families and friends of those who were killed during the attack, and those who were injured. Yesterday’s events were a reminder of the present threat to our country and that there are people who seek to disrupt our way of life and bring down our institutions through mindless slaughter. Britain has come under attack time and time again in our long history and I have no doubt that as before, we will mourn together, but grow stronger as we stand up to those who wish to do us harm. If you see something, please say something.
I thank those officers and staff here in Kent, London and the whole country who went the extra mile once again yesterday to provide greater reassurance to the public in the wake of this appalling attack, and what you will do in the coming weeks and months to continue to keep us safe from harm. On behalf of Kent’s residents, we are grateful to each and every one of the more than 6000 police officers, Police Staff, Special Constables, PCSOs and volunteers who turn up day in day out to work for Kent Police and keep us all safe. Thank you.
I also wish to say thank you to the emergency services and members of the public who assisted the victims in the aftermath: Your bravery and selflessness in the face of something so barbaric is to be commended.
But all of you, victim or not, please never forget: it is OK to talk.
If you wish to support the family of PC Palmer, his injured colleagues, and other police officers who responded, you can do so by supporting the fantastic work of the Police Dependents' Trust. Their support programmes have already been activated, but as a charity reliant on donations, its resources can only ever go so far.