Hampshire Police have confirmed the name of the police officer who died following a crash in Swaythling, yesterday.
PC Steve Rawson, 40, based at Fareham, was on duty and riding an unmarked police motorcycle when he collided with a silver BMW outside the Shell petrol station, shortly after 2pm.
He was taken to Southampton General Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival.
The 35-year-old driver of the BMW sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries and was also taken to the hospital for treatment.
PC Rawson was a totally dedicated officer and larger than life character who always made a positive contribution to his team and to the force.
"His death is a massive blow to the constabulary and his loss will be felt throughout the organisation.
“We are supporting his wife and family and our thoughts are with them at this devastating time. He will be missed by all who knew him.
"The response from the public has been overwhelming. We have had messages of condolence from across the country and from other organisations and we thank everybody for their support."
The flag at Hampshire Headquarters, Winchester, is flying at half mast and officers will be holding a minutes silence at 11am today as a mark of respect.