The murder of Sergeant Matt Ratana in the line of duty was a horrific act which shook policing and shook Croydon. Matt was a much loved and well respected officer, always putting others before himself.
The news of a whole life sentence for his murderer is justice served. But for Matt’s family, friends, colleagues, and the wider policing community, his loss casts a long shadow. My thoughts are with them at this very difficult time. We must always remember the dangers that the police face as they go about their work.