Officer who disarmed a violent swordsman is North West Bravery Award winner

14 July 2016


A Cumbria police officer, PC Dave Cameron, who tackled a man brandishing a meter-long Samurai sword was tonight named as the Region 1 (North West) winner at the 21st National Police Bravery Awards in London. The awards, sponsored by Police Mutual, honour and recognise police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.

In June 2014, PC Cameron was called to Scaleby near Carlisle following reports of a man smashing vehicles and threatening members of the public with a sword. When he arrived the man became fixated on his car, attacking it with the weapon. Remaining calm, PC Cameron slowly reversed away from the busy area, luring the man away from frightened onlookers.

Once away from the crowd, PC Cameron used his PAVA spray and baton to disarm the man and kick the sword out of reach. After a violent struggle, he was able to handcuff the man before backup arrived. It emerged that the man was under the influence of alcohol and suffered with mental health issues.

On receiving the award from Mike Penning MP, the Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, PC Dave Cameron said: “When you hear some of the stories here tonight I feel so undeserving, they seem so much braver than me. It's very humbling and I feel honoured. I was just doing what we're trained to do day in day out. There are officers out their daily that don't always get recognised. For me it's great to even get mentioned in the same sentence as bravery awards."

Martin Plummer, Chair of Cumbria Police Federation, said: “This was a violent incident which could have ended up with tragic consequences had PC Cameron not placed the safety of the public above his own. His bravery while protecting others is truly inspiring.”

Jerry Graham, Chief Constable Cumbria Constabulary, said: “Dave put himself in harm’s way to protect the public of Cumbria; the public were in danger and Dave intervened to stop people being killed or injured.

“What he did was in the best traditions of the police service, it’s right he’s been recognised and I’m very proud of what he did that day.”

Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Congratulations to all of the brave nominees this year. 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.”