Dorset Police 'deeply saddened' by death of serving officer

Dorset Police 'deeply saddened' by death of serving officer

Published by Maria Greenwood at 6:58am 31st March 2020.

Dorset Police’s Chief Constable James Vaughan has announced the death of a serving police officer.

The 56-year-old died at his home just before 10am yesterday morning. (30th March)

He had been unwell since Christmas with a chest infection.

Chief Constable James Vaughan said:

"He had been off sick since Thursday 19 March and went into self-isolation following COVID-19 guidance from the NHS after displaying symptoms.

"It is not yet confirmed if the death is COVID-19-related and I would strongly emphasise that it is too early to speculate on the circumstances surrounding his death.

"We are all deeply saddened by the death.

Dorset Police Car

"This is a huge loss to the police family and my thoughts and prayers are with the officer’s family, friends and close friends, many of whom are Dorset Police colleagues.

"I have relayed to them my deepest condolences.

"I would ask you to please respect their privacy at this very sad time."

Anna Harvey, Chair of Dorset Police Federation, said:

"This is devastating news.

"The thoughts of Dorset Police officers are with our colleague's family, friends and loved ones and close colleagues at this terrible time.”

 “Our colleague was a popular, well-respected Custody Sergeant - one of the most difficult and challenging police roles. But it was one he was expert in and he had the respect of his colleagues."