Ceremony set to honour some of the country's bravest police officers
Police Federation Awards celebrate 71 heroes from 40 forces.
Police officers who hugged a suspected suicide bomber, apprehended murderers, chased armed robbers and saved people from treacherous waters will be honoured next month at the 22nd Police Bravery Awards.
71 courageous heroes from 40 police forces across England and Wales have been nominated for their outstanding bravery. Their efforts and dedication to duty will be recognised in a fitting ceremony in London, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales, sponsored by Police Mutual. Eight regional winners will be named on the night, with one of the eight being named overall winner for 2017.
Some of the remarkable feats of bravery include:
- Officers confronting a woman threatening to kill people in busy shopping mall
- Officers helping a mother and daughter terrified by an armed man dousing himself in petrol
- A distraught man determined to end his life being saved by a police duo
- An officer risking life and limb to save a girl from an overhead motorway gantry
- A woman holding a gun to her mouth rescued from a fire
- An officer chased by a man with a meat cleaver
- An armed killer apprehended in a busy public area
Last year, PC Sean Cannon from West Yorkshire Police was recognised as overall winner, showing exceptional bravery by running into a house fire multiple times. He rescued five members of the same family, repeatedly putting others’ safety before his own.
Steve White, Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales said: "It is an honour to be able to recognise these incredibly brave officers and thank them for their efforts. They all exemplify the very best in British policing, putting their own lives at risk, in their commitment to protect the public.
“Every year I am blown away by the calibre of the nominees, and this year is no exception. Of course, the nominees we will recognise at the 22nd Police Bravery Awards are only the tip of the iceberg; many more officers are performing acts of bravery every day as a matter of course, as part of their jobs. Each nominee is a credit to the police service and to the community they serve.”
Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Police Mutual is very proud to be supporting the Police Bravery Awards for the ninth consecutive year. I am always astounded by police officers’ acts of bravery and my colleagues and I continue to be inspired by their dedication. They are a true inspiration and I feel privileged and humbled to be part of the Awards again.”