Blog: When bravery is 'all in a day's work'

Blog: When bravery is 'all in a day's work'

06 July 2018

PFEW Chair Calum Macleod

Chair Calum Macleod looks forward to one of his favour dates in the Policing calendar.

Next week we, along with Police Mutual, we will be hosting the 23rd annual Police Bravery Awards. I can honestly say that being involved in this event is one of the best parts of my job.

It is an opportunity for me to meet and chat with officers from throughout England and Wales who have demonstrated some of the most amazing acts of bravery – ordinary police officers (their description not mine) who have done extraordinary things.

The nominees for this year’s awards – which take place next Thursday (12 July) – have performed some truly humbling feats.

To highlight just a few – A/PS Karen Jarman and PC Iesha Martin from Bedfordshire who entered a burning building to rescue those inside, Cleveland officer PC Dan Smythe, who faced down a gang of thugs wielding a machete, PC Frances Peters from Norfolk who, armed with only Pava and persuasion, managed to disarm and man who came at her with two huge swords; and Northumbria PCs Vicky Threadgold and Gary Sharpe who wrestled a gun from an attacker intent on shooting them.

These are just a small selection of the amazing acts of bravery undertaken. 

This year we are also recognising the heroism of those officers who ran towards the unknown danger of the terror attacks on Westminster Bridge and at Borough Market.

And of course PC Keith Palmer GM who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect others when confronted by a terrorist armed with a knife intent on attacking the very heart of our democracy. 

It certainly has been a humbling and grounding experience. It brings home the reality of the selfless acts officers undertake every day.

Obviously the officers who have been nominated have performed extraordinary acts. But day in day out, officers perform hundreds and thousands of small acts of kindness, compassion, service and bravery. And as someone once said “not all heroes wear capes”.

On the day of the awards the nominees will attend a reception in central London followed by an awards dinner in the evening. It is a chance for their actions to be recognised and rewarded.

So while some in society seem intent on defaming and deriding police officers, remember that each day they are the ones who run towards danger, put themselves in harm’s way and deal with the most traumatic events – and consider it ‘all in a day’s work’.

I look forward to sharing a special day with them and their loved ones and thanking them for their incredible service.

The full list of this year’s nominees can be found here and I urge you to read them all. It’s truly inspiring stuff.