Bravest officers to be honoured at the 21st Police Bravery Awards

20 June 2016

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Saving entire families from burning houses, preventing people drowning and stopping armed suspects attacking members of the public are just some of the brave actions of police officers being honoured at the 21st Police Bravery Awards next month.

69 courageous heroes from 40 police forces across England and Wales have been nominated for their outstanding bravery. Eight regional winners will be named on  the  night, alongside one overall winner, who will be named 2016’s bravest police officer.

The awards, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales and sponsored by Police Mutual, will be held in London on 14 July. The country will hear stories of remarkable feats by these officers, including: an officer who returned to a burning home four times to save a five people, an officer who tackled and arrested armed robbers, and an officer who used their police car to stop a vehicle in which the driver was unconscious.

Last year, the Police Federation jointly awarded the overall prize to three officers.  Two West Midlands officers who disarmed a mentally-ill man after he had stabbed three worshippers at a mosque in Birmingham, and a PC from the Metropolitan Police Service who confronted a group of 10 men during a vicious attack on a man in London.

Of this year's nominees, Steve White, Chair of the 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.  Many of the nominees put their own lives at risk, which just goes to show, for them, duty is just the beginning.

“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 21st Bravery Awards are only the tip of the iceberg; many more officers are performing acts of bravery  every  day  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 which sponsors the event, said: “This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Police Bravery Awards and the eighth consecutive year that Police Mutual has sponsored them. We are proud to continue our support for such an inspirational event in the Policing calendar and to be able to show our respect for the exceptional courage shown by police officers who risk their lives every day to protect the public.”

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