PCC pays tribute to Sergeant Matt Ratana


Crowds gathered on Sunday 27 September at East Grinstead Rugby Club to pay tribute to Head Coach Matt Ratana. Sergeant Ratana was shot and killed while on duty at Croydon Custody Centre on Friday 25 September.

Sunday’s event coincided with National Police Memorial Day, a day to remember police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

Under half-masts, friends, family and police colleagues came together to pay their respects. Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne was amongst them.

She said: “The news of the fatal attack on Sergeant Matt Ratana has shocked us all. When putting their uniforms on every day and leaving their families behind at home, officers are preparing to put themselves in harm’s way to safeguard others but any kind of violence or abusive behaviour should never be considered just part of the job.

“We have seen a worrying rise in assaults made against emergency service workers. I am determined that those who harm anyone working on our frontline must be swiftly and robustly brought to justice for their actions.

“To see so many people gathered to pay their respects and show solidarity on Sunday at the Rugby Club was really poignant. It demonstrated just how much Sgt Ratana meant to his local community as well as to his policing family - there are many mourning his loss across the country.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues at this unbelievably painful time and our Chief Constable has pledged that Sussex Police are here to support them in any way they can.”