A memorial service will be held today at Southwark Cathedral for the chairman of the Police Federation, Paul McKeever, who died in January after suffering an embolism. The 57 year-old had been about to retire.
Mr McKeever started his career in the Metropolitan Police in 1977 and later became a sergeant in Bromley Borough. He was elected to the Police Federation in 1992 and became its chairman in 2008.
The chairman of the national Police Federation Paul McKeever died from a suspected embolism, the organisation has said:
The Metropolitan Police Federation has announced that the outgoing national chairman Paul McKeever has died:
Paul McKeever, Chairman of the Police Federation, has urged the government to take "urgent stock" of the results of a new study into the London riots.
He said that police would struggle to cope with further disorder if proposed austerity measures went ahead.
The Police Federation which represents officers across the country has said it will hold a protest in Central London to campaign against reforms to police pay and conditions which were published last week. It said the protest would take place ahead of the federation's annual conference in May.