21st Police Bravery Awards upon us

13 July 2016

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Tomorrow, Thursday 14 July, marks a very special date in our calendar – the 21st  Police Bravery Awards.

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. And you can watch all the action live from 7.30pm.

Nominations include:

  • Cheshire officer pulling a woman from the path of an HGV
  • Off-duty officer foiling a robbery in Durham
  • Officers wrestling an armed man threatening to behead his girlfriend in Humberside
  • Off-duty officer from Northumbria helping to prevent a mid-air disaster on his return flight from holiday
  • West Yorkshire officer saving a number of people from their burning home
  • Warwickshire officer having acid poured on her face after confronting burglary suspects
  • Devon and Cornwall officers surviving an attack with power tools during four-hour siege
  • Dyfed-Powys officer saving a woman from fast-flowing river
  • Off-duty Met officer confronting a knifeman while shopping with his young daughters

Check out all 40 nominations

Hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales and sponsored by Police Mutual, the event is held in London and includes a reception for all nominees at Number 10 Downing Street and evening awards ceremony.

Last year, the national award was presented 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."