Praise for cops’ courage as five officers injured in line of duty
A senior West Midlands Police officer has praised his officers’ courage and determination to protect the public after five were injured on duty in little more than 24 hours.
The most serious incident saw a female PC knocked down by a motorist at 9am yesterday as she tried to diffuse a domestic dispute in Walsall.
The 50-year-old – who works with the force’s Safer Travel team tackling crime on public transport – suffered a serious head injury, broken ribs and a punctured lung.
She remains in hospital while efforts are ongoing to trace the man driving the car which was later recovered in Bloxwich.
Just hours earlier another officer was hurt when his police car was rammed several times by a van as he pursued a suspected shop robber in Stechford. He was left with neck and back injuries in the badly damaged patrol car and is now recovering at home.
A 22-year-old man from Yardley was detained by police colleagues nearby running from the scene; he was questioned on suspicion of breaking into Cost Cutter in Cross Road and has been released while enquiries continue.
And in the early hours of Wednesday morning, three armed officers were hurt as their car was also rammed by a vehicle.
They pulled over a suspected stolen car, which had jumped red lights, in Netherton’s Cradley Road but as one approached the vehicle it lurched backwards.
The collision left him with a broken ankle while two colleagues also suffered whiplash injuries as the suspect Audi proceeded to ram their armed patrol vehicle.
A man and a woman were both arrested; they have been released under investigation to allow officers more time to gather evidence.
West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Chris Johnson, said: “These incidents highlight once again the dangers our brave officers face every day… they put themselves in harm’s way to deal with dangerous situations.
“The very nature of the job means officers go into challenging situations and acknowledge the risks they face. Despite this, officers put themselves on the front line protecting our communities from harm.”
Many people took to social media to wish the officers speedy recoveries.
@LTFCMidlands tweeted: “When an officer puts their life in harm's way to protect you, family or friends and is injured doing so, it makes them special, because they are among very few willing to do so daily.”
Sophie Dwyer posted on West Midlands Police’s Facebook page: “Best wishes to the injured officer and thoughts with her family. Clearly a very brave person, dedicated to protecting the public.”
And Jess Reinold added: “Hope she makes a speedy recovery. It's people like her that help to keep the public safe.”
ACC Johnson said it was heart-warming that so many members of the public had taken time to pass on their well wishes – and praised people who ran to the injured female officer’s aid when she was knocked down.
He added: “Most people’s reaction would be to run away from a dangerous situation but our officers do exactly the opposite in order to protect the public. People recognise that and it’s heart-warming to read so many comments from people wishing our injured colleagues quick recoveries and passing on their gratitude.
“I’d echo those best wishes and praise not just their bravery, but that of all our officers who from shift to shift never know exactly what they’ll come up against.”
Meanwhile, West Midlands Police detectives continue to investigate the stabbing of an off duty West Mercia Police colleague who was attacked in an attempted car-jacking in Walsall on Wednesday afternoon (Sept 5).
The 25-year-old was attacked in Moreton Avenue at 1.30pm by a man who demanded his car keys. Thankfully, the knife wounds were not serious and he has been discharged from hospital.
CCTV of the incident has been released and detectives are urging anyone who recognises the offender, or has any information about who may be involved, to get in touch.
They can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at west -midlands.police.uk between 8am to midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.