April 23rd, 2009

So soon

Posted in The Job - General by 200

Just two days ago, I blogged about the death of PC Gary Toms in an incident in London.

Last night the Met lost another officer when PC Chris Dent was involved in a road traffic accident whilst riding his motorcycle home from work. He was involved in a collision with a VW Passat, the driver of which ran off.

Two females in the Passat were arrested on suspicion of obstructing police & later bailed. Three men were later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

PC Dent was 37 & worked as a traffic officer with the Met. Officers on their way to work or home from work are considered to be ‘on duty’. PC Dent is the 7th officer to die on duty this year & the 4th from the Met.


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  1. MarkUK says:

    Firstly, commiserations to the family of PC Dent. One RTC death is one too many.

    Interesting though, that an officer travelling to or from work is considered to be on duty. In the rest of the working population, what happens in your own time is your business.

    It’s also a bit of a shock that RTC deaths count. When we look at the number of people killed at work (229 last year I believe) the figures do not count those people killed in RTCs, even if the person was driving for a living.

    To do so would treble (at least) the number of deaths at work.

    April 23rd, 2009 at 20:28

  2. Stan Still says:

    I echo Mark’s sentiments to the family and friends of PC Dent.

    200 – I have to correct you. Officers travelling to and from work used be considered as “on duty” if they were involved in an RTC. This was for the purposes of the Accident Book and required a supervisor to turn out and do the book.

    This requirement was abolished several years ago (at least in the two forces I’ve worked for and all the others in which I have friends)

    It doesn’t detract from the fact that another officer has died and there is very little mention of it in the media. Does anyone really care, apart from us?

    April 23rd, 2009 at 21:50

  3. 200 says:


    you can correct me if you like, but I double-correct you. They certainly are accidents on duty for police purposes in my force, (always were & still are) and are considered deaths on duty by the Police Roll of Honour charity, where you will find 3 listed this year (not including Chris Dent).

    The Roll websites says this of deaths occurring whilst travelling to or from duty:

    B. Travelling to and from duty.

    In line with police pension regulations, “in the execution of duty” includes while on a journey necessary to enable the officer to report for duty or to return home after duty. In the 19th century and for much of the 20th century officers were obliged to wear full uniform when travelling to and from duty and were visibly available to assist the public as police officers. While modern practices and transport usually mean travelling officers are less visible, to all intents and purposes they remain available for immediate duty and current regulations have retained the ‘on duty’ status while travelling. The journey should be a direct one immediately before or after duty to qualify under this classification.

    Officers recalled to duty for a special purpose are effectively on duty as soon as they leave home and such cases will be classed as actually on duty rather than travelling. e.g. turning out to an incident, or reporting for duty during an enemy air raid.

    April 23rd, 2009 at 21:54

  4. Anon says:

    200 thank you for posting, i checked the news it wasn’t there.

    My deepest to the family and friends

    P.S come on guys can we not start debate, we are so busy reminding people who cearly don’t give a shit we forget we can just pass on our condulances and not turn it into the bloggers version of world war three.

    April 23rd, 2009 at 23:26

  5. madeupname says:

    I’m still amazed by the amount, and attitude, of MOPs when roads are blocked off for this type of incident who ‘Just want to go down there’ but are being told they can’t because there’s been a serious RTC. ‘Yeah but I’m gonna be effing ten minutes late now, for eff’s sake’…….’I'll tell the bloke’s wife that you’re late, shall I? Maybe get her to write you a letter of apology, how does that sound’. Nobheads.

    April 24th, 2009 at 12:33

  6. 200 says:


    world war III? bit strong really!

    But it is important since it makes a big difference to the families whether an officer dies on duty or not, pension-wise.

    April 24th, 2009 at 18:20

  7. Tony F says:


    Condolences to his family. RIP.

    April 24th, 2009 at 19:02

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