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 & Ã‚Â 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 &Ã‚Â 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?