A milestone Police Bravery Awards

A new Prime Minister, a new Home Secretary and the 21st Police Bravery Awards

In case you missed it, last Thursday 14 July was the 21st Police Bravery Awards, and in many ways it couldn't have come at a more exciting time given that it was the new Prime Minister, Theresa May's first full day in office and the new Home Secretary, Amber Rudd had only secured the position the day before.

It was a privilege to be with a total of 69 courageous Police officers from across England and Wales who were among the first to greet the new Prime Minister at a special Downing Street reception. Later that evening the Home Secretary presented the overall Police Bravery award to West Yorkshire's PC Sean Cannon at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

This year marks the eighth consecutive year that Police Mutual has sponsored the Police Bravery Awards. 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.

A fantastic evening was had by all, and whilst recognising the sombre and deferential nature of the Awards, the event was filled with good humour and excitement. As ever, all nominees and regional winners were extremely inspiring, and the overall 2016 winner PC Cannon was certainly a deserving one.

In all PC Cannon entered a burning house five times, rescuing two girls aged five and nine, two boys aged three and 13 and their 59-year-old great aunt. All occupants received medical attention but made a full recovery. On receiving the award from the Home Secretary, PC Cannon said: "It's absolutely mind blowing to win the overall award. Everyone else here tonight deserves this, I feel like I'm in very good company. It could have ended so differently but as well as winning this award I'm really thankful that the family managed to get out alive."

Home Secretary, Amber Rudd said: "In this phenomenal job that I have been asked to do I'm just a little bit in awe to hear these personal stories which will remind me of the individuals that make up this extraordinary, wonderful police service. I want to thank the Police Federation for this event which has made a dramatic and personable impression on me, in my first event as Home Secretary."

See the Police Federation website for the full list of 2016 winners and nominees.

Stephen Mann
Chief Executive, Police Mutual