Mildenhall police officers nominated for top bravery award

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Two Suffolk Police officers have been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award after intervening when a man started stabbing himself.

On Tuesday, July 3, 2012, two officers based in Mildenhall, PCs Rebecca Gardiner and Paul Osmond, responded to a call requesting assistance at a crash where one car had made off from the scene.

Enquiries led the officers to an address in Newmarket where they found the driver who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

A breath test confirmed this.

Whilst at the address the man armed himself with a knife and started to self-harm by stabbing himself in the stomach. Despite the officers’ best efforts to get the man to stop, he continued and then threatened and assaulted PCs Gardiner and Osmond with the knife.

After a continued struggle the officers managed to handcuff the man before back up arrived.

Matt Gould, Suffolk Police Federation Chairman, said: “It is always shocking when police officers are assaulted on duty and even more so when knives are involved.

“Clearly these officers were faced with a dangerous and difficult situation. Without thought for their own safety, they managed to bring about a safe conclusion to the situation.

“The safety of people in our community, especially those who are vulnerable, is a key consideration for all our officers and they have acted with great bravery.”

Stephen Mann, CEO, Police Mutual, said: “Every day, police officers across the country face incredibly difficult and dangerous situations, acting with real heroism to protect the lives of others. All of the officers nominated for an award have shown great dedication to their duty and remarkable courage. Police Mutual is honoured to continue our sponsorship of the Police Bravery Awards for the sixth consecutive year and we give our sincere thanks to the men and women who keep us all safe.”

PCs Rebecca Gardiner and Paul Osmond will attend the annual national Police Bravery Awards in London on October 16.