Prime Minister celebrates police bravery

13 July 2017

Group photo of all nominees at Number 10

The Prime Minister Theresa May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, today celebrated the bravery of 71 police officers at a special reception hosted at 10 Downing Street.

Officers from 40 forces from England and Wales attended the reception - organised by the Police Federation - as a mark of recognition for their heroic acts. An awards ceremony will follow tonight naming eight regional winners and one overall national winner.

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Prime Minister Theresa May said: “My very first reception at Downing Street after becoming Prime Minister was to recognise the bravery of police officers, and once again I have been humbled by the incredible stories and courage displayed by this year’s nominees.

“In recent months the United Kingdom has suffered some of the worst terrorist attacks in our history, and the bravery shown by our officers in responding to these atrocities serves as a reminder of their remarkable dedication and willingness to put themselves on the front line to protect public safety.

“But performing acts of bravery is something that our police do day in and day out. Our world leading officers work in some of the most challenging environments, and with the most vulnerable people in our society, providing support and reassurance, and delivering justice for communities across the country.

“I am continually impressed by their extraordinary commitment to public service and I would like to offer this year’s nominees and officers across the country, my immense gratitude for the work that you do.”

Steve White, Police Federation Chair, said:  “It is an honour to be able to recognise these incredibly brave officers and thank them for their efforts. They all exemplify the very best in British policing, putting their own lives at risk to protect others.

“Every year I am blown away by their stories and how humble they are in receiving this deserved recognition.  Every nominee is a credit to the police service and to the communities they serve.”

Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: “Every nominee at this year’s awards has shown outstanding courage and thoroughly deserves to be recognised. Your continued bravery helps ensure that millions of people in our country are kept safe, which is perhaps more important than ever given recent events across the world. This is why we proudly continue to support this event.”

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