Commissioner leads tributes to serving officer who died in a motorbike collision

The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), Dame Cressida Dick, has led tributes to a police officer who died following a collision in Redbridge on Tuesday morning (September 15).

Sep 17, 2020
By Tony Thompson
PC Chris Miller

Police Constable Chris Miller, 35, was travelling to work on his motorcycle when he died in a collision on Woodford New Road, East London.

Dame Cressida said: “I am very saddened to hear of the death of Chris Miller. Chris was an excellent and highly skilled police officer. He will be missed by many, especially those based at Ilford and Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection. My thoughts are particularly with Chris’s family and friends. The Met will remember Chris and his contribution to policing London.”

PC Miller joined the MPS in 2015 and had been working in the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command since November 2019.

Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Commander Jane Johnson added: “Chris was a police officer, a fitness fanatic and a motorcycle enthusiast.

“He joined the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command last year and made an instant impact on those around him. He was committed to serving the people of London and latterly Parliament and the diplomatic community.

“Chris had a strong sense of duty and was a loved and valued member of his team. He will be missed.”

Inquiries to establish the circumstances of the incident are ongoing.

Earlier this month, a national police safety review in England and Wales showed that of 92 officers who died between 2008 and 2019, 39 were killed in road accidents while travelling to or from work.

The National Police Chiefs’ Council has commissioned research including whether the trend is linked to shift work.

Ken Marsh, chair of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said: “This is tragic news. We are always devastated when we lose a member of the Metropolitan Police family.
“Our thoughts go out to all Chris’s family, friends and close colleagues at this time.”

The chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, John Apter, said: “Such sad news, thoughts are with Chris’s family and friends.”

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