PSNI Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin has paid tribute to Constable Philippa Reynolds who died in a car crash in Londonderry, Northern Ireland:
Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have expressed their sympathy, after Pc Philippa Reynolds was killed when her patrol car was struck by a stole 4x4.
In a joint statement, the ministers said:
This is devastating news and we want to extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Police Officer's family, friends and colleagues.
We wish her two police officer colleagues a speedy and full recovery. Officers in the PSNI put their lives at risk on a daily basis to serve and protect our community and we are all truly grateful for their dedicated service.
Those who commit a crime such as vehicle theft must realise their actions can have serious consequences. We urge anyone with information to go to the police.
Police have released this image of Constable Philippa Reynolds who was killed in a road collision involving a stolen car in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers has called the car crash that killed a young police officer a "tragic waste of a young life in sad and reckless circumstances".
"Constable Reynolds died as she went about her job keeping people safe in the community she served.
"I send my sincerest condolences to her bereaved family and colleagues. And I wish the two injured officers a full and quick recovery."
PSNI Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin said he believes Pc Philippa Reynolds would have died instantly due to the force of the crash.
Ms Reynolds is believed to have been sitting in the rear driver's side seat when the unmarked police car was hit side on.
The commander of a policewoman killed when her patrol car was struck by a stolen 4x4 said he and fellow officers were devastated at the loss of a colleague they all loved.
Chief Superintendent Stephen Cargin said:
– Stephen Cargin, Chief Superintendent, PSNI
She was enthusiastic, bubbly and had a beautiful personality.
She was just loved by her colleagues and she turned that love to the community she served.
She was a young 27-year-old officer, just two years service, in the prime of her life, doing what she loved to do - and that was serving the community to the best of her ability.
Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a 27-year-old policewoman who was killed in a road crash involving a stolen car.
– PSNI statement
Police have arrested two males, aged 23 and 25 in relation to the fatal RTC in Londonderry where a 27 year old police officer died. The men are currently helping police with their enquiries.
– David Ford, Stormont Justice Minister
I was shocked to hear of this tragic incident which resulted in the death of a police constable who was carrying out her duties serving the community in the middle of the night.
My thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.
I also send my best wishes to the two officers injured in this incident for a speedy and full recovery. It is hard to imagine how they, and indeed the wider PSNI family, are feeling.
– Brian Rea, Policing Board chairman
On behalf of the Policing Board I would like to offer deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of this young women.
They will have received the terrible news this morning and will be devastated by this tragic event.
Our thoughts are also with the two police officers in the car at the time of the collision, who managed to escape without serious injuries.
To lose a colleague, out on patrol protecting the community, is a terrible blow to the PSNI and I would appeal to anyone who has any information about this incident to go to the police immediately.