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Met remembers officers who died in line of duty

The Metropolitan Police has paid tributes to two officers killed during the lockdown. The force’s annual remembrance service marked the deaths of more than 650 officers.

The Metropolitan Police’s Commissioner has led tributes to officers killed in the line of duty.

Dame Cressida Dick joined colleagues to remember police officers and staff who have lost their lives in the line of duty at the Met's Annual Ceremony of Remembrance at Hendon Training School.

More than 650 officers and staff have lost their lives during the Met's 193-year history.

Among the force’s roll of honour were Police Sergeant Matiu ‘Matt’ Ratana who was shot in a custody suite in September last year and Police Constable Christopher Miller who was killed in a motorcycle crash in the same month.

Sgt Ratana's death has been followed by fundraising by both police colleagues and the rugby community where he was a coach.

PC Miller's death brought warnings from fontline officers about the killer commutes many are now undertaking each day.

The event, held in line with Covid-19 secure regulations, is attended annually by families, friends and colleagues of those whose loss is being marked.

And for those unable to attend, the event was recorded to be available to them after the event.

Home Secretary Priti Patel was guest of honour at the event.

The event follows a tough year for the force which has been hit by inquiry conclusions of corruption, fresh challenges over diversity and the arrest of an officer for murder.

Met senior chaplain Jonathan Osborne conducted the service, which started with a short address by the Commissioner and concluded with wreathes and flowers being laid at the base of the Memorial Stone in the Met’s dedicated memorial garden at Hendon.

Commissioner Cressida Dick said: “The Met has a proud history and I feel that pride every single day when I meet with my officers and staff and hear their stories.

“We are all members of the wider Met family and stand together in mourning and remembering loved ones.

She added: "We will always be indebted to those who have died, for the service they gave in support of others, and it is important that we gather every year to honour their contributions. We will never forget them.”

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