A Northamptonshire officer has been honoured at the national Police Bravery Awards for preventing a man from stabbing himself to death.
PC Ben Jeffries was nominated for the awards for his actions on 4 July last year when, after being called to a domestic incident in the Duston area of Northampton, he found himself struggling to restrain a man who was attempting to stab himself in the chest with a large kitchen knife.
Despite suffering a deep laceration to his left hand which later required surgery, PC Jeffries was able to alert colleagues PC Nicky Brooks and PS Adrian Sharpe, allowing the man to be safely detained.
Following his nomination, PC Jeffries was invited to attend the awards alongside Chief Constable Simon Edens and many of the 70 other nominated officers from 40 forces across England and Wales.
The awards were presented in a ceremony at the Dorchester Hotel, following an afternoon reception at Downing Street.
Although PC Jeffries did not win, with the Eastern region award presented to two Lincolnshire officers for their attempts to apprehend a gang of armed robbers, Chief Constable Edens was full of praise.
He said: “I’m honoured to have joined PC Ben Jeffries at the Police Bravery awards ceremony, and offer very many congratulations to him for his nomination. He truly is a credit to Northamptonshire Police and we are very proud of him.”
PC Jeffries praised his colleagues PS Adrian Sharpe and PC Nikki Brookes for the assistance and help they gave him at the time of the incident and in the months since it happened.
He added: “I’m incredibly proud and humbled that the force and others think this highly of me. The whole awards experience was one which will be truly memorable and I was honoured to represent the force nationally.
“I feel that the award wasn’t a case of ‘winning’, as being nominated is a massive thing for me. If they did this awards ceremony every week they would be able to fill a room and more with officers who are just as brave, if not more brave, than myself.”
Now in their 22nd year, the awards are run by the Police Federation of England and Wales to honour officers for their actions to tackle criminals and keep the public safe.
Speaking at the ceremony, Federation chair Steve White said: “Today we have honoured some of the bravest officers in England and Wales.
“Every day officers selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to protect others and it is right that they are duly recognised for their bravery, courage and dedication to duty.
“Congratulations to you all.”