AN "extremely popular" cop died on duty this week – with emotional colleagues today paying tribute to him.
Sergeant Paul Keany, from Kettering, died on Wednesday evening.
Officers have changed their social media profile pictures to pay tribute to him, and people left blue heart emojis for him online.
His death is not being treated as suspicious.
One PC said he had interviewed them when they joined Northamptonshire Police.
They added: "He is one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure of meeting."
A Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman said: "We are very sad to confirm the death of one of our serving officers, Sergeant Paul Keany, who died while on duty on Wednesday evening.
"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this devastating time and we would kindly ask the media to respect their privacy while they try to come to terms with his death.
“Sergeant Keany was an extremely popular officer and will be sadly missed by all who knew him."
Northamptonshire's chief constable Nick Adderley posted on Twitter: "Late last night I was informed of the passing of Sgt Paul Keany.
"My deepest condolences to Paul’s family and loved ones and to his many colleagues who speak so highly of Paul.
"We will do everything necessary to support Pauls family and colleagues. May he rest in peace."
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