Two Northamptonshire officers, one of who was stabbed in the leg with a samurai sword, were nominated for an award at the national Police Bravery Awards which took place in London last Thursday.
The actions of Constables Rob Monk and Gary Liddle were recognised at the prestigious awards ceremony which, sponsored by Police Mutual and organised by the Police Federation, honours and recognises police officers who perform outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.
Rob and Gary were nominated for their actions following an incident in November 2014, when a typical Sunday evening took a dangerous turn after a call came in about a man causing damage to cars with a baseball bat in an address in Northampton.
Arriving at the scene, the officers found the damaged cars and could see there was damage at a nearby house. There were concerns the man may attempt to take his own life, and that he had some mental health problems.
The officers, one armed with taser and both with protective shields, approached the front door of the property where the man was yelling aggressively from inside and continually tried to keep the officers outside. At one point, PC Monk managed to jam his foot in the doorway, keeping the door ajar.
Suddenly, the offender lunged at the officers and stabbed PC Monk in the leg with a samurai style sword he had hidden behind the door.
PC Liddle acted quickly, knowing the offender was still armed, and pulled PC Monk, who was bleeding heavily, from the doorway. The sword had penetrated PC Monk s thigh straight through, and was close to a main artery and he was bleeding heavily. While PC Liddle improvised a tourniquet, PC Monk used his taser to afford some protection to his partner while further help arrived. PC Liddle then rushed his colleague to hospital for immediate treatment, all the while genuinely fearing for PC Monk s life.
Gez Jackson, chairman of the Northamptonshire Police Federation, said: The bravery and professionalism shown by officers Monk and Liddle went above and beyond the normal call of duty. Both men put their own safety at risk, and PC Monk suffered a very serious injury in the process of trying to protect the public.
Stephen Mann, CEO of Police Mutual, said: This year marks the 21st anniversary of the Police Bravery Awards and the eighth consecutive year that Police Mutual has sponsored them. 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.