Const. Reynolds played “major role in the peacemaking process in the city of Derry”

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The policewoman killed last weekend when her patrol car was hit by a stolen car played “major role in the peacemaking process in the city of Derry”, the PSNI’s Chief Constable has said.

Speaking at the funeral today of Constable Philippa Reynolds, Chief Constable Matt Baggott described here as “a superb police officer.”

He said:”It is a privilege for me, as Philippa’s Chief Constable, to pay tribute to a superb police officer and colleague. The Police Service of Northern Ireland is the finest Police Service in the world and Philippa was one of the best of the best.

“She was everything that the Police Service stands for, and wishes to be even better at, and she demonstrated daily the professionalism and dedication required to achieve this.

“She was an example of policing that is impartial and inspirational. She was compassionate, caring, courageous and she simply wanted to make lives better. She did that on many, many occasions.

“Peace is being built through kindness and concern for others and Philippa has played a major role in the peacemaking process in the city of Derry.

“We will not forget her, and my commitment to her family is that we will work even harder to be the Police Service that she stood for.”

He said today is a “day of profound sadness and sorrow” for the Reynolds family.

“I know that the thoughts and prayers of huge numbers of people are with them and I hope they will take comfort from that,” he said.

Constable Reynolds, 27, was a back seat passenger in the unmarked police car that was struck by the jeep in the early hours of Saturday morning. Two men have been charged in connection with her death.

Her funeral took place at Mossley Methodist Church in Newtownabbey.