Tributes have been paid to an ‘extremely talented’ Metropolitan Police detective after he died with Covid-19.
Detective Sergeant Darren Barker had worked as a specialist financial investigator within the Met’s Specialist Operations Command before he was admitted to hospital in late January.
The detective, who had given almost 29 years of service, died on Friday 12 February surrounded by his close family.
DS Barker was classed as vulnerable so had been shielding throughout the pandemic, but continued to work from home and support his colleagues on various investigations.
Since joining the Met in 1992, DS Barker spent the majority of his time as a detective in specialist units, and had worked on a variety of high-profile investigations.
He had recently played a key role in an ongoing, highly complex, multi-national money laundering investigation, which resulted in its first conviction last month.
Detective Chief Superintendent James Harman, from the Met’s Specialist Operations Command, said: “Darren was a much loved and respected friend and colleague for so many of us across the Met.
“He was well known for his sense of humour and his positive, gentle nature – but also for his incredible work ethic, professionalism and dedication to duty throughout his long career as a police officer.
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“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.”
DS Barker is survived by his parents, Eric and Sheila, his wife Caroline, his two adult children Christian and Lauren, as well as his brother, Eric Barker, who is a serving Met Police constable in the north London area.