Family and colleagues pay tribute to the life of Special Constable David Platt
January 5, 2016, 4:02 pm
The family and colleagues of David Platt have paid tribute to his life.
David, aged 32, of Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness, was a serving Special Constable based in Barrow and also held a civilian role at Cumbria Constabulary Headquarters in Penrith.
The parents of David said:
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â€œDavid was a very, very caring and loving son who looked after his mum. He was also a very funny man.â€
John Coward, Deputy Chief Constable of the Special Constabulary, said:
â€œDave was an enthusiastic officer right from the start of his career as a specialÂ constable. He ascertained his independent patrol status really quickly and then he started to demonstrate his leadership skills almost immediately by taking other new officers out on patrol. In doing this he soon gained recognition from his colleagues as he made an impact in Barrow by proactively catching offenders that were targeting various business premises at night in order to steal from them.
â€œHe took up the challenge of becoming a special sergeant and developed a great working relationship with not only his own team but other teams within the county.
â€œDave joined Cumbria Police as a CCTV operator and was key in highlighting that other special constables could be trained to use the system to assist at key times, he has trained several officers recently and all of which are committed to working on this team.
â€œDave will be greatly missed by so many friends and colleagues due to his friendly, outgoing, infectious personality and his desire to help others at every opportunity.â€
Caroline Leonard, CCTV Manager, said:
â€œDave started as a CCTV Operator in March 2015, at a time when the Constabulary were in the process of developing the new county-wide CCTV system.Â His knowledge, dedication and professionalism has helped shape the CCTV project into being such a successful resource for criminal investigations and prosecutions.
â€œHis sense of humour shone through in his work and he was completely selfless in offering help and support in order to promote the positive work of CCTV.Â As a result, I often received many words of praise for Daveâ€™s proactive attitude to his role.Â He was a true gentleman and he will be missed greatly by our team.â€
Police were called at 3.06pm on Saturday 2nd January 2016 following a sudden death within a property on Schneider Road, Barrow-in-Furness. David was not on duty at the time of his death.