Officers at Greater Manchester Police have paid tribute to Police Constable Andrew Bramma, who was killed on duty in North Yorkshire.
PC Bramma, 32, died after his car crashed into a tree in West Tanfield near Ripon on Saturday evening, as he tried to respond to an emergency call about a road accident.
The officer, who was the only person in the vehicle when the crash occurred, was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement, GMP said PC Bramma had joined the force in October 2008, before leaving in August 2012 to transfer to North Yorkshire Constabulary.
PC Bramma had spent his most of his years with GMP on the Rochdale division, working as a response officer.
Assistant Chief Constable Steve Heywood said: “Officers and staff here at Greater Manchester are distraught to hear the news of Andrew’s tragic death last night.
“Andrew was a well-liked and respected officer during his time at GMP and we would like to offer our most sincere condolences to Andrew’s family, friends and colleagues at both Forces, who are now understandably struggling to come to terms with his loss.”
Andrew’s friends and former colleagues from B relief at GMP’s Rochdale division have paid the following tribute. They said: “Last night we received the worst news any police officer could wish to receive – that a close colleague and friend, PC Bramma, had been taken from us in tragic circumstances, whilst doing the job he loved of helping people in their hour of need.
“Andrew was a great police officer and a loving family man. For anyone who knew him, Andrew was meticulous in everything he did, nothing would ever beat him and he would leave no stone unturned to find his answers. Every job he dealt with was always done to A* standard.
“We were all proud to know and work alongside Andrew and hope to lead by the high example he set for us to follow.
“Our thoughts are with his wife, two lovely sons and other family and friends at this time.”
Police and the Health ans Safety Executive will carry out a full investigation into the incident.