“I don’t think I could do your job!” is a common response you get when you tell people that you’re a police officer. “What’s the worst thing you’ve ever dealt with?” is a common follow-up question. Then come the stories. Every officer has an arsenal of these, ready to brandish at a moment’s notice to astound and amaze the listener. A few tales that are funny, a few harrowing experiences, a few brushes with danger. Because as you would expect, being a police officer can be dangerous at times.
We’ve seen a few instances this week:
- We’ve had the man firing a gun from a balcony in Hendon. The man was shot by firearms officers but you have to scroll down to the end of the article to read that an officer was also hospitalised while carrying out this duty.
- Then there was the officer injured on duty whose colleagues had to call the RNLI due after waiting over two hours for an ambulance.
- ….And the officers injured when a brick was thrown through the windscreen of their patrol car.
- …And finally the off duty officer who confronted a knife-wielding aggressor and literally shielded the public from harm.
All these stories demonstrate brave officers putting their safety at risk during the execution of their duty and it is great when the bravery of officers is celebrated which brings me to the Commissioner’s Excellence in Total Policing Awards!
The ceremony took place on Tuesday 10th February 2015 and we, at Police Now would like to congratulate all the winners and nominees who accomplished some amazing work across all areas of policing – people who weren’t doing it for any reward or thanks but simply doing their duty. There are so many stories of what the winners have accomplished but I’m going to post a few celebrating the winners of the Outstanding Bravery of the Year Award!
Winner: Police Constables Anna Moon and Leo Plant
Anna and Leo were called to a woman threatening to leap into the canal; unfortunately someone known to carry weapons with convictions for violence. Not able to deter her, she jumped in and swam across to the other side. The sheer four-foot side meant she couldn’t get out and she soon got into difficulty. Anna went in to help the woman, who was twice her body weight, and managed to keep her head above water until she had a seizure. Leo joined to provide assistance and together they stayed with the woman until the Marine Support Unit arrived.
Winner: Police Constables Nathan Brennan and Harjit Sandhu
Nathan and Harjit were the first responders to multiple calls of a woman being violently attacked. Entering the tower block through the security doors and isolating themselves, they found a man, armed with a hammer and scissors, standing over the lifeless body of a woman with horrific and obviously fatal injuries. Despite the danger, and without the benefit of tasers, they managed to disarm and restrain the suspect until more help arrived.
Winner: Police Sergeant Jeremy Roach
Jeremy heard screaming while off duty at a station. Looking down the platform he saw a train approaching and a man laying on the tracks shaking violently. Without regard to his own safety, he leapt onto the track, pulled the man to the side and, with help from a commuter, managed to lift him onto the platform. He then gave first aid until the ambulance arrived.
Winner: Retired Police Constable Clive Deller and Police Constable James Bushell
Having found a dead woman with her mouth, hands and feet bound and believing the suspect to still be in the house, London Ambulance Service called for police assistance. Clive and James entered, identified themselves and called for the suspect to surrender. Reaching a door locked from the inside, they kicked it in to find a knife-wielding man covered in blood charging towards them. Using his baton, Clive made the suspect drop the weapon and James stepped in to restrain him. They then ensured he got medical attention while preserving the crime scene until colleagues arrived.
Winner: Acting Inspector Andrew Glen and Police Constable Justin Campbell-Harris
Trying to evade arrest a suspect jumped into the River Thames, which at that time in February was swollen and running fast. The man could or would not grab the line the officers threw for him. Seeing he was in danger of drowning, both officers jumped in but the man continued to resist violently, and eventually went under. The officers, tiring themselves and bitterly cold, searched the water in poor visibility, finally finding and dragging the man to the shore where colleagues gave him emergency life support.