When the news broke that a police officer had lost their life and three other officers were injured in the terror attack in Westminster on Wednesday 22 March, it brought home the reality of the very real risks that police officers face each and every day. It also showed the true courage and bravery of PC Keith Palmer who ran towards danger defending the safety of others.
Tributes poured in for PC Palmer and the officers injured in the attack, with a fund launched by the Metropolitan Police Federation reaching over £700,000 and still going.
In London and up and down the country, police officers continued to report for duty as normal, eager to do their bit. This is what typifies the police service – pulling together and running towards danger to protect the public.
On the day of the attack, Metropolitan Police Acting Deputy Commissioner Mark Rowley gave a statement in which he said: "It is an incredibly sad and sombre day and only right I mention the pride I feel in our officers' swift & brave response."
Home Secretary, Amber Rudd said: “In these most painful of circumstances, your reactions – along with those of your colleagues across the emergency services – were remarkable. Your calmness and professionalism under pressure shone through. I’ve said it many times before – we truly have the best police force in the world and I’m humbled by the work you do every day when you put on that uniform not knowing what you might face."