Bravery Awards 2016


The Police Bravery Awards are presented every year to honour police officers who have performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.

The 2016 Police Bravery Awards were the 21st anniversary of the event and took place on Thursday 14 July. There were 69 officers nominated from 40 forces and all were invited to a reception at Number 10 Downing Street and awards ceremony in the evening.

Watch a collection of videos from the event on YouTube

Police Bravery Awards brochure

21st Police Bravery Awards upon us - pre-event press release

Blog: Thank you to all police officers ahead of annual Police Bravery Awards, by Chair Steve White

Please scroll down for some photos of the day.

Region Force nominations Winners

Overall national winner


PC Sean Cannon West Yorkshire Police

Region 1


Cheshire - Woman pulled from path of HGV

Cumbria - Officer protects public from suicidal swordsman

Greater Manchester - Officer stops man from jumping from building

Lancashire - Officers rescue woman from river

Merseyside - Man saved from turbulent river

PC Dave Cameron from Cumbria Constabulary

Region 2

Cleveland - Officer rescues elderly man from house fire

Durham - Off-duty officer foils attempted robbery

Humberside - Officers wrestle armed man threatening to behead girlfriend

North Yorkshire - Officers confront frenzied knifeman

Northumbria - Off-duty officer helps prevent mid-air disaster

South Yorkshire - Officers arrest murder suspect in burning building

West Yorkshire - Officer saves family from house fire

PC Sean Cannon from West Yorkshire Police

Region 3

Staffordshire - Officers save woman from burning flat

Warwickshire - Officer violently assaulted in acid attack

West Mercia - Officer saves elderly lady from house fire

West Midlands - Officer takes on man with axe

PC Sara Skinner from Warwickshire Police

Region 4

Cambridgeshire - Officer saves driver from car blast

Derbyshire - Slashed officer in sustained knife attack

Leicestershire - Off-duty officer rescues 90-year-old from house fire

Lincolnshire - Officer prevents serious crash and saves life

Norfolk - Off-duty officer in hammer attack

Northamptonshire - Officer stabbed by sword wielder

Nottinghamshire - Off-duty officer saves suicidal woman from sea

Suffolk - Christmas Day fire rescue saves woman

PC Stuart Watson from Norfolk Constabulary

Region 5

Bedfordshire - Officers rescue woman from booby-trapped flat

Essex - Dog handler wades into high tide in sea rescue

Hampshire - Lone officer in sustained motorway attack

Kent - Off-duty officer seriously injured pursuing shoplifters

Surrey - Officers rammed in gang pursuit

Sussex - Off-duty officer tackles two armed robbers

Thames Valley - Man threatens to set himself on fire

PC Greg Montier from Sussex Police
Region 6


Avon and Somerset - Officers stop petrol station explosion

Devon and Cornwall - Officers attacked with power tools during four-hour siege

Gloucestershire - Suicidal man saved from live rail track

Wiltshire - Officer saves drowning man from lake
Acting Sergeant John Dingle and PCs Ryan Hayhurst, Jonathan Lonsdale and Rebecca Sutton-Scott-Tucker from Devon and Cornwall Police
Region 7


Dyfed-Powys - Officer saves woman from fast-flowing river

Gwent - Officer arrests knife-wielding murderer

North Wales - Officers caught in pub fire chaos

South Wales - Officer in domestic violence standoff

Sgt David Steer from Dyfed-Powys Police
Region 8

Met 1 - Unconscious man rescued from flat fire

Met 2 - Detectives rescue baby and three-year-old from raging fire

Met 3 - Off-duty officer confronts knifeman

PC Ian Molineaux