July 30th, 2010

Heard the one about…

Posted in The Job - General by 200

You probably have no idea – because the UK police as shite at self-promotion – but the annual Police Bravery Awards were held this month.

63 officers from all over the country attended the ceremony in London &  met Prime Minister, David Cameron.

The top honours of bravest officers in England Wales went to 5 Met officers. PCs James Berry, Dion Bird, Stuart Higgs, Jonathan Lowe & Adrian Pine won the award for chasing down & arresting 2 armed robbers in a London street while being shot at several times. The officers were unarmed.

PC Bill Barker was given a posthumous award after he died when he was directing members of the public away from a bridge which collapsed in the Cumbria floods last year.

PC Elizabeth Window of South Wales Police was awarded for saving the life of a woman who was threatening to jump off a bridge.

PCs Jenny Liddell & Gary Walker of Bedfordshire Police dragged the passengers from a blazing car.

Northamptonshire Police’s PC Paula Rutherford tackled an armed man.

PC Sarah Lacy of North Yorkshire Police, was off duty when she rescued residents from a smoke filled building.

PC Tom Kinderman from Wiltshire Police, stripped off & dived into a river to save an unconscious woman from drowning in her crashed car.

Over the last year I guarantee you will heard of orders of magnitude greater than these stories about police cock-ups, complaints & negligence.

How many stories similar to these have you heard?

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10 comments

  1. Fee says:

    A big Well Done – and a huge Thank You – to all 63 officers. Indeed, a huge Thank You to every officer – for doing what I (and most other people) wouldn’t do, day in and day out.

    July 31st, 2010 at 09:43

  2. Been there says:

    You’re very quiet Melvin…Hope you’re taking note!

    July 31st, 2010 at 10:42

  3. Dr Melvin 'Banned from most police blogs' Gray says:

    Even police critics can congratulate and thank the special class of officer who risks life and limb in the service of others. I add my own very sincere and humble thanks to these dedicated men and women.

    July 31st, 2010 at 12:55

  4. Shijuro says:

    You are welcome…

    July 31st, 2010 at 13:17

  5. Tony F says:

    I agree with Fee! Well done those Officers.

    Same old Same old, the meeja ain’t interested, because stories like that do not sell papers, and that is all they are interested in.

    July 31st, 2010 at 15:27

  6. Shijuro says:

    It also can affect the story thread too… I mean, how can you have a ‘bent copper’ story on page one and a ‘hero cop’ story on page two?

    Some newspapers have other agendas too…

    July 31st, 2010 at 21:37

  7. bill says:

    You bring up an interesting point there, Tony F.

    The media are interested in selling newspapers. That they consider positive stories of police actions as being un-news worthy is a reflection of their rezadership. It’s not the press, it’s the public.

    August 1st, 2010 at 01:07

  8. bill says:

    Errm – that should read “readership”

    August 1st, 2010 at 01:14

  9. marc says:

    Insp Dennis Kelly of Cumbria Police had just gone off duty at 0200am and was filling his car at an all-night petrol station in Maryport when he saw a male attempting to rob the premises armed with what looked like a handgun. Without even pausing to conduct a risk assessment, Insp kelly jumped on the male, subdued him and arrested him. That the gun was in fact a BB gun in no way detracts from his instantaneous action taken to protect the petrol station clerk and prevent the robbery. Balls like cantaloupes!!!!

    August 1st, 2010 at 19:08

  10. Storage Leighton Buzzard says:

    I would like to see the police treated with the same respect which is at last beginning to be given to the armed forces. We expect a very high standard from these guys and 95% of the time we get it. Can we say that about teachers, footballers etc? Maybe not. It proves what a good job they do.

    June 27th, 2011 at 16:11

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