FIVE serving Met Police officers and staff have died of Covid in the past two weeks, it was revealed today.
The shocking deaths lay bare the risks frontline cops take to enforce lockdown and come amid calls for officers to be prioritised for vaccination.
Camden’s PC John Fabrizi, lost his battle with Covid-19 on SundayCredit: Twitter / @MPSCamden
PC Michael Warren died on January 19 after catching CovidCredit: PA:Press Association
The Met’s Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick paid tribute to her heroic officers and said she was “deeply saddened”.
PC Sukh Singh from the Met’s forensic command died yesterday after contracting Covid, Scotland Yard announced this evening.
Camden PC John Fabrizi died from Covid on Sunday, with PC Michael Warren from the force’s Territorial Support Group dying on January 19.
PCSO Chris Barkshire passed away on January 11 after contracting the disease.
A custody sergeant who died from the virus in the last 24 hours will be named soon.
Dame Cressida offered her “deepest condolences” to their families and paid tribute to other Met staff killed by coronavirus last year.
She said: “Policing is a family and the scale of our loss is truly shocking.
“COVID has had a devastating impact on so many people across not just in London but the whole country.
Met Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick has paid tribute to her officers after their deathsCredit: PA:Press Association
“As this recent awful news shows, policing is not immune.
“It is inevitable that our officers and staff in fighting crime, responding to emergencies, and just in living within their communities will come into contact with the virus.”
She added: “Police officers and many of our staff cannot fight crime or protect the vulnerable by working at home.”
It comes as Britain today passed the horrific tally of 100,000 Covid deaths, with Boris Johnson saying he was “deeply sorry”.
Dame Cressida, 60, has demanded frontline officers are fast-tracked for the vaccine.
Policing is a family and the scale of our loss is truly shocking
Dame Cressida Dick
Cops aren’t currently considered a priority group by the government, which wants Phase 1 of the vaccine rollout completed by February 15.
More than half of all 75-79 year-olds have now had at least one dose, it was revealed today.
Almost four in five over-80s have also had their first jab, but cops may have to wait until all over-50s are also vaccinated to get theirs.
Dame Cressida said: “In many other countries police officers and law-enforcement colleagues are being prioritised and I want my officers to get the vaccine.”
Police officers could be on the priority list for the second phase of the vaccine rollout, the Met’s top cop insistsCredit: AFP
During lockdown cops have stormed raves, arrested demonstrators and broken up mass gatherings at weddings to detain Covidiot rule flouters.
Today, NHS England head Sir Simon Stevens said cops should be considered for the next round of Covid-19 vaccinations.
He said: “Once we have offered a vaccination to everyone aged 70 and above, and the clinically extremely vulnerable, then the next group of people would be people in their 60s and 50s.
“People with learning disabilities and autism, certain key public service workers, teachers, the police, they will have to be factored in that post-February 15 prioritisation decision.”
Phase 2 of the vaccine rollout is scheduled to start after February 15 when all over-70s and health staff have received the vaccine.
But frontline workers such as police and teachers may have to wait until all over-50s have been inoculated in the late spring.
The Home Secretary said the Government wants to prioritise cops, teachers and those ‘at occupational risk of coming in contact’ with CovidCredit: PA:Press Association
As of now, cops may have to wait until all over-50s have received the jab in the late springCredit: Alamy Live News