We're proud to have supported the Police Bravery Awards
This inspirational and unique event celebrates the exceptional bravery of our Police Officers.
Police Mutual is honoured to have supported the Police Bravery Awards for the sixth consecutive year - an inspirational and unique event which celebrates the exceptional bravery of our Police Officers.
On 16 October, we joined the Police Federation of England and Wales in recognising the heroism of 66 Officers from 31 regional forces nominated for the bravery awards. Each put their lives in danger to protect others.
Recognising the heroism of Police Officers
The event was a hugely important opportunity to acknowledge the extraordinary and incredible acts of bravery of the nominees. It was also an acknowledgement of the brave and selfless decisions and actions taken by serving Officers, day in and day out, to keep the public safe.
It was a privilege to meet the exceptional Officers who received awards on the night and to pay tribute to their bravery in the presence of their family, friends and colleagues.
At Police Mutual we are very proud of our close working relationship with the Police Federation, both at national and force level, and we are honoured to have extended our support to such an important event.
National Overall Award - Sergeant Stephen Brown, Metropolitan Police
Sergeant Stephen Brown tackled and disarmed a man who was trying to slash him with a Samurai sword. With only his baton and CS spray, and on his own, Sgt Brown fought for his life as the man repeatedly swung his sword at his face and neck. When the suspect swung for the Officer again, Sgt Brown discharged his CS spray into the man's face. The Officer struck the man's arm with his baton and he dropped the sword and fell to the floor. Sgt Brown immediately jumped on top of him and was joined by colleagues. The offender struggled violently before being arrested. Earlier that evening, the man had repeatedly stabbed a woman.
Region One (North West) - PCs Glenn Myerscough, Kevin Latham and Andrew MacFarlane
PCs Glenn Myerscough, Kevin Latham and Andrew MacFarlane from Cumbria fearlessly pursued an armed gang who were behaving threateningly in a local shop.
Region Two (North East) - Sergeant Christopher Foster
Sergeant Christopher Foster from South Yorkshire was patrolling alone when he confronted and arrested an armed man who was viciously beating another person.
Region Three (Midlands) - PC Roger French
PC Roger French from Staffordshire rescued two men from an arson attack by repeatedly returning to a burning building to bring them to safety.
Region Four (East) - PCs Paul Osmond and Rebecca Gardiner
PCs Paul Osmond and Rebecca Gardiner from Suffolk stopped a violent man from trying to stab himself to death with a kitchen knife.
Region Five (South East) - PCs Keith Lucas and Shane Robinson
PCs Keith Lucas and Shane Robinson from Essex stopped a human fireball on a petrol station forecourt and saved the man's life.
Region Six (South West) - PC Luke Gribble
PC Luke Gribble from Avon and Somerset waded through fast-flowing flood waters to rescue a woman who was trapped in her car.
Region Seven (Wales) - PC John Harrison and Sergeant Gareth Davies
PC John Harrison and Sergeant Gareth Davies from North Wales arrested a man armed with a bomb who was threatening to blow up Wrexham's Guildhall.
Region Eight (London) and National Overall Award - Sergeant Stephen Brown
Sergeant Stephen Brown tackled and disarmed a man who was trying to slash him with a Samurai sword. With only his baton and CS spray, and on his own, Sgt Brown fought for his life as the man repeatedly swung his sword at his face and neck.
For a full list of nominees and video highlights form the evening, please visit the Police Federation's website.