The Death of Sergeant Matt Ratana should change UK Police Policies

It has been almost a week since one of our police officers, Sergeant Matt Ratana, was shot and killed in Croydon Police Station. The person who allegedly shot him was named this week as Louis De Zoysa, someone who yet again was known to police and intelligence services

The preliminary post-mortem report which was read at Croydon Coroner’s Court yesterday determined that the officer died from a gunshot wound to the chest. The coroner was informed that the gun was discharged several times.

Detectives are yet to speak to the suspect who is still critically ill in hospital.

Questions that need to be asked

While investigating officers are out searching 30 acres of land in Surrey, having already searched the suspect’s home, there are questions that remain unanswered.

How is it possible that a suspect with a gun was placed in a holding cell in a custody suite?

Considering the suspect had already been searched and found to be in possession of ammunition and drugs, how was a gun not found?

How did a suspect shoot a police officer in the chest and then himself in the neck with his hands cuffed behind his back? Those of us who know how to fire a gun would say it’s impossible.

As polygraph examiners we feel either the media is misreporting what happened or someone is lying.

Of all places in the UK you would expect police stations to be safe, not only for the general public but also for all who work in them.

Lack of respect for UK police officers

A question more easily answered is what made a criminal boldly believe that he could smuggle a gun into a police station? In our opinion it relates to a lack of respect for UK police officers. Those at the top, such as Cressida Dick need to consider the following:

The work of the police involves keeping the general public safe and upholding the law. It’s not necessary for our police officers to don high heels, paint their fingernails blue and go on bended knee to anyone. They cannot be seen to run away from some sections of the community such as BLM (Black Lives Matter) yet confront other protestors with full riot gear.  This places police officers in the political arena, which again is not necessary for them to carry out their duties. Running around in rainbow liveried vehicles is also not required and is a waste of police funding.

By doing all of the above it is breeding a lack of respect for the office they hold. Whoever dreamed up the idea that any of these things work needs to be replaced.  They are putting the lives of their own officers and the general public at risk.

Time for change

The time is long overdue to ‘change the wheel’ because it’s not working. We have seen numerous instances of how current policies are ineffective.  One example is the scandalous grooming gang activity which was ignored for decades because those with the power to do something about it didn’t.  This meant that a possible million girls were raped, tortured and sexually abused because no one in authority wanted to be deemed ‘racist’.

Examples of police officers being attacked and assaulted, like the one below, can be found in video uploads all over YouTube.  This interview, between Mike Graham from Talk Radio and Norman Brennan who is a former police officer and Law and Order campaigner, took place in June this year. Norman Brennan predicted at the time that before long a police officer would be killed. In his wildest dreams we doubt he imagined that a police officer would be killed inside a police station.

Louis De Zoysa has been described as “of Sri Lankan origin”.  It is to be hoped that the reason he was not searched thoroughly when he was arrested does not relate to the arresting officers fearing they might be accused of ‘racism’.

R.I.P Matt Ratana

Matt Ratana was a long serving police officer and approaching retirement after 30 years of service. He was respected by his colleagues and the local community where he lived.  We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and hope that his death will pave the way for change.