Metropolitan Police detective dies after testing positive for Covid

Stephanie CockroftThu, 18 February 2021, 6:33 am

<p>Darren Barker</p> (Metropolitan Police)
Darren Barker(Metropolitan Police)

An officer who served with the Metropolitan Police for nearly three decades has died after being diagnosed with Covid-19, the force said.

Detective Sergeant Darren Barker most recently worked as a specialist financial investigator having joined Scotland Yard in March 1992.

He was classed as vulnerable and had been shielding, and working from home on a number of investigations, police said.

Det Sgt Barker was admitted to hospital in late January and died on Friday.

Detective Chief Superintendent James Harman, from the Met’s Specialist Operations Command, said: “Darren was an extremely talented detective.

“Despite the challenges of shielding he continued to work on a number of high-profile complex investigations, and his leadership during these investigations was truly invaluable.

“He will be remembered fondly by everyone he worked with, and will be greatly missed by us all.

“We are truly saddened by his loss and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”