New Home Sec attends Police Bravery Awards

15 July 2016


The Police Bravery Awards was one of the first engagements for new Home Secretary Amber Rudd who said ‘how lucky’ she was to have so many brave police officers.

Ms Rudd had only been appointed to her new role on Wednesday and attended the awards ceremony yesterday (Thursday 14 July) which took place at the Dorchester Hotel in London.  The event saw 69 police officers from 40 forces across England and Wales honoured for outstanding acts of bravery.

Ms Rudd presented the overall national winner, PC Sean Cannon from West Yorkshire, with his award, and the MP for Hastings and Rye was impressed with what she saw.  She said: “Tonight’s event was really special.  It was lovely for me to hear about the individual stories and it made me feel how lucky I am that we have in our police force so many brave people.”

Ms Rudd is relishing her new role, but has not yet had time to work out her policing priorities going forward.  “My first day was very exciting,” she added. “It was interesting hearing about the huge coverage the Home Office has, it was quite a lot of work but it is day one, so I think I’ve got a lot ahead of me.

“I certainly am looking forward to the challenges ahead.  It’s a huge brief, there’s a lot to be done. It’s very important work and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in.

Former Home Secretary and new Prime Minister Theresa May has been a regular attender at our annual conference, and Ms Rudd indicated that she will follow suit, and concluded: “I certainly hope you will see me at the Conference.  I will certainly try to make it.”

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