“He was the kind of officer the police service is built on”

Posted on February 15, 2015 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

PC Neil Doyle

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Merseyside Police officer following his off duty death during a night out in Liverpool.

PC Neil Doyle has been described as “a good cop that any officer would be proud to call a colleague” following his death on 19 December. He was with two off duty colleagues when the incident happened.

PC Neil Doyle’s wife, Sarah, said: “Neil was very well loved by all of his family, friends and colleagues and it is a great loss to us all.”

Peter Singleton, Chairman of Merseyside Police Federation, described PC Doyle as “a good cop that any officer would be proud to call a colleague”.

He had received a string of commendations for good police work.

“Neil was dependable, hardworking and just wanted to serve the public,” said Mr Singleton. “He was the kind of officer the police service is built on. This is just devastating news. Our thoughts are with his wife, family, friends and colleagues at this time.”

Merseyside’s Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy said: “I am deeply shocked and saddened by this news.

“My heart goes out to the family of Neil Doyle. I am sure I speak for people across Merseyside when I send his loved ones, friends and colleagues our thoughts and most heartfelt sympathy.”

Family and friends filled Our Lady & Saint Nicholas Church in Liverpool city centre for the funeral of the newly-married officer on Friday 23 January.

Members of the public also lined the streets to pay tribute to PC Doyle.

Reverend Bob Lewis, who married the couple last July in the same church called PC Doyle an “outstanding young man” who “embodied the heart and soul of our city.”

Rev Lewis told the service that he was an excellent officer who gave “commitment and loyalty” to his work.

“He enjoyed the diversity of the job with no two days being the same and he was good at interacting with a wide variety of people.

“As time passed colleagues wanted to work with him on jobs and he was looked to by his peers for advice and encouragement.”

He added: “Sarah has even received sympathy cards from people he had arrested saying how well he had treated them.”

A poem written by his brother Greg, read out at the service, described PC Doyle as a “scholar, a gent, a loving man.”

It ended with the words: “So from my heart a sad farewell- it hurts to let you go. I’ll miss your smile, and also your touch, in ways you will never know.”

Mr Singleton added: “Hundreds of Neil’s colleagues came to pay their respects today, while others have volunteered to cover the work and shifts for their colleagues so that those closest to Neil could attend

“We will never forget him.”

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