Nominate your local police hero
22 August 2012
DO you know a police hero or heroine that you would like to thank?
West Midlands Police is joining forces with the Birmingham Mail newspaper to launch a ‘Police Hero of the Year’ award, a brand new category set up to recognise the heroic actions and bravery many officers and staff display on a daily basis.
Members of the public are being encouraged to support the force by nominating a local officer or police community support officer (PCSO) who stands out from the crowd.
“Every week we see lots of examples where officers and PCSOs have gone ‘above and beyond’ their normal duties, often putting themselves at great risk to help protect members of the public,” said Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe. “We are delighted to be part of an award ceremony which publicly recognises some of that great work.”
Some recent examples of the heroic actions displayed by our staff include:
• PCs Jamie Simon and Saqib Butt, based at Newtown in Birmingham, who helped rescue a woman and her two young children and get them to safety during a violent domestic incident, where they were pelted with various items, including knives, by her armed partner.
• PC Matthew Evans, who was confronted by a group of around 60 youths during a protest in Birmingham city centre. Armed with sticks, the youths charged forward but the officer stood his ground and tried to protect passers-by from the mob. Unfortunately, a young man suffered head injuries but PC Evans fought his way through the group to reach the victim and prevented any further attacks.
• Off-duty PC Shahid Iqbal and his wife Robina, who helped rescue seven children and their mother from a burning house in Small Heath. The couple were driving past when they noticed smoke and flames pouring from a house and heard screaming coming from inside the property. Fighting through the smoke and flames PC Shahid helped rescue the family while Robina escorted the frightened group to safety.
To nominate your ‘Police Hero of the Year’ please see the application form on the force’s website – www.west-midlands.police.uk, complete the application form in the Birmingham Mail or send a brief email (no more than 200 words) giving details to firstname.lastname@example.org using the words LOCAL HEROES as your subject line.
Please include details of where the individual is based and contact numbers for you and your nominee.
Award winners will be invited to a special awards ceremony in November.
For more information about the awards please click here.