UPDATE: Police chief pays tribute to PC Gail Crocker
UPDATE 9.10am: A POLICE inspector today paid tribute to PC Gail Crocker.
Robin Hogg, sector inspector for Bodmin and Wadebridge, said: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that PC Gail Crocker died at some time between Friday night and Saturday morning June 14-15.
“I have personally known Gail for several years and it was my pleasure to have served as her inspector as she worked from Bodmin.
“I will always remember Gail as an excellent officer with a bright, happy and positive disposition.
“Her work and work ethics were of the highest standard and I am particularly proud of the way she performed her duty.
“She got the balance of law enforcement and community support spot on, this may be because of her initial work as a PCSO based at Truro.
“Her work with the public was always completed with a smile and she has had a very positive influence on the people she dealt with.
“Gail leaves a husband and two daughters who miss her deeply and are very proud of the role she carried out in the community.
“Her loss leaves a huge hole in the police family and this will be felt be all that knew her.
“She was more than just a colleague she was a good friend to us all. She will be truly missed.
“My thoughts go out to her family and friends at this time and I will continue to support them through the hard times ahead.
“The family do not want to formally comment at this time and I would ask that the media respect their privacy and direct any communications through me.”
EARLIER: A SERVING police officer found dead in her car has been named as Gail Crocker.
Officers were called to Hornick Hill in High Street, near St Austell, at about 9.15am on Saturday after concern was expressed for the welfare of the 46-year-old and they were notified of a car being parked in an unexpected location.
The body of Mrs Crocker,a police constable and mother-of-two from St Stephen, was found in the car.
She served in Bodmin but had previously been a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) in the Truro area.
There are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident and it is believed she may have taken her own life.
Her family have been informed and police are preparing a file for the coroner to conduct an inquest into her death.
St Stephen PCSO Brain Harris said: “I know she was very highly regarded by her colleagues. It’s a tragic incident.”
Local Cornwall councillor Des Curnow, for the St Stephen-in-Brannel parish, said: “I’m very sorry this incident happened. Our sympathies are with the family at this time.”
Kim Wonnacott, St Stephen-in-Brannel Parish Council chairperson, added: “It’s a great regret that such a traumatic thing has happened. Obviously, my thoughts go out to family members and colleagues.”