Chair responds to Westminster verdict

03 October 2018

Chair John Apter

Chair John Apter, said: “We note the verdict announced today and our thoughts very much remain with the families of those who lost their lives and all those affected by the atrocious attack in Westminster last year.

“One of our own was amongst those who lost their lives and the impact of this loss on the policing community is still incredibly raw. As highlighted at National Police Memorial Day last weekend, when one of our officers falls we all feel it - but we are a police family and we stand together united in the face of terrorism.

“The attack on March 22 2017 demonstrates the real risks that police face each and every day and the bravery of those officers involved, including PC Keith Palmer who paid the ultimate sacrifice, is admirable.

“Every day police officers put themselves in harm’s way, putting their lives on the line to protect the public and this is another example of the crucial but incredibly dangerous job they do. They sign on their shift having no idea what they are going to face that day and run towards danger when everyone else runs away.

“Following today’s verdict, the Metropolitan Police Federation will be working with the Metropolitan Police Service to ensure any lessons are learned from this tragedy.”