SOUTH Yorkshire Police are mourning the loss of PC Matt Lannie, who died on duty on 21 April.
PC Lannie, 40, was on a police motorcycle responding to an incident when it was in collision with a blue Toyota Avensis in the Ecclesfield area of Sheffield.
He was pronounced dead a short time after the collision.
Tributes to the popular officer have been led by South Yorkshire Police Federation. Chairman Steve Kent said: “This is heart-breaking news. Matt was a very popular, funny officer and a friend to many in South Yorkshire Police. He loved his job in the roads policing group. He will be very sadly missed.”
PC Lannie was responding to reports of a silver BMW failing to stop for officers. Investigations into the collision are ongoing.
Steve added: “The Force and the everyone at South Yorkshire Police Federation will do our very best to support his partner, family, friends and close colleagues at this extremely difficult time.
“We ask that their privacy is respected.”
Chief Constable Stephen Watson said: “Dreadful events such as these serve to remind us of the great dangers that police officers confront every day in order to keep us all safe.
“Matt was a specialist motorcycle officer in our roads policing unit and prior to this was a response officer at Sheffield. He was a very popular member of the team and he will be greatly missed.
“The South Yorkshire Police family is doing everything we can to provide support and comfort to Matt’s loved ones and his colleagues at what is a very difficult time.
“Matt’s family has asked for privacy and we ask their wishes are respected in order to allow them the time and space they so richly deserve.”