A senior policeman told today of the shock suffered by Hampshire Constabulary after an officer’s death on duty.
Assistant Chief Constable Nigel Hindle said that staff were reeeling at the road accident in Southampton yesterday which claimed the life of motorcyclist PC Steve Rawson, a married man with two young children.
ACC Hindle said: ‘The force is in shock. This is a very unusual incident to occur.
‘Steve Rawson was a serving police officer with ten years service. He was on active duty in plain clothes in his role in the serous crime directorate.
‘We are investigating the collision - our roads policing unit is leading that investigation. And we have notified the police complaints commission as is usual in these types of cases.
‘PC Rawson’s current base was near Fareham as part of his role as serious crime directorate. His role was in plain clothes on an unmarked bike.
‘The investigation is at an early stage and the force is reeling from this tragedy. We will provide whatever support the family need.’
ACC Hindle was speaking at the force headquarters in Winchester, where the flag was flying at half mast in memory of PC Rawson.
Hampshire Police Federation chairman John Apter said: ‘Steve was married with two young children, a four year old and a seven month old.
‘The police force will be offering whatever support is needed for the family at this difficult time. The last death of a police officer on duty in Hampshire was 16 yeas ago.
‘There are procedures that activate when incidents like this happen. Policing is like a family and the teams within that family are a very very close unit.
‘It is fair to say that Steve’s team are devastated and shocked at his loss. He was a really committed and dedicated police officer. He loved his job and loved being a police officer.
‘He was a larger than life character. He would always go that extra mile. He was a well thought of member of the team and it is clear that his loss will cause a big gap within the small team in which he worked.
‘It is a really difficult time for the force right now. As Steve was part of our family, to know that the ripple effect from his death has reached so far will bring comfort to his colleagues and I know over time his family will find great comfort to know that so many people have taken the time to pass their thoughts on.
‘We are looking at ways to allow the public to show their support, on the force’s Facebook page and Twitter stream we have had many messages. If people would like to show their support please do so on there or write a letter to the commissioner.
‘The family need space and they want some space at this very difficult time. They are coming to terms with what is an unimaginable tragedy.’