Recog­ni­tion for spe­cial con­sta­ble’s brav­ery

Hilling­don vol­un­teer wins Spe­cial Con­sta­ble of the Year award

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer who chased down a sama­rai sword-wield­ing fugi­tive in Hayes has been given a brav­ery award.

Ge­orge Brown, was named Spe­cial Con­sta­ble of the Year, at the To­tal Ex­cel­lence in Polic­ing Awards on Mon­day, Fe­bru­ary 8.

The awards recog­nised a host of ded­i­cated po­lice work across 15 sep­a­rate cat­e­gories in­clud­ing Lon­don’s bravest of­fi­cer, best de­tec­tive, thief taker of the year, and ex­cel­lence in vic­tim care.

While on pa­trol in Hayes, SPC Brown saw a sus­pi­cious ve­hi­cle, called for back up and stopped it. The oc­cu­pants, both car­ry­ing swords, ran off, so he chased them on foot, only to have one of the men charge at him with a samu­rai sword.

The man was ar­rested, de­tained and found to be wanted for the at­tempted mur­der of a 15-year-old boy.

SPC Brown stayed on duty to en­sure the cor­rect pro­ce­dures were fol­lowed, 18 hours af­ter start­ing his shift.

Also from Hilling­don bor­ough, Denisa An­dronic won the award for To­tal Vic­tim Care, af­ter help­ing a young Ger­man na­tional.

The girl had trav­elled to Iraq in Jan­uary 2015 with her father but hav­ing pre­vi­ously been a vic­tim of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, she had told her boyfriend to re­port her miss­ing if she didn’t re­turn – which he did.

Af­ter ini­tial en­quiries, Denisa went to the woman’s home ad­dress and found the father was there.

Denisa went straight to fam­ily court for a Forced Mar­riage Pro­tec­tion Or­der.

She worked tire­lessly to se­cure con­sulate and Home Of­fice as­sis­tance, to help lo­cate the miss­ing girl, who was even­tu­ally found and se­cured at the Ger­man con­sulate in Er­bil.

A few days later, Denisa wel­comed her back to the UK, where she said: “I have no doubt he would have killed me if I didn’t


acts of brav­ery are of­ten car­ried out

but rarely re­marked upon”

do what they told me and marry who he wanted.” Her father was duly ar­rested.

Sir Bernard Howe, Met Ho­gan

Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, said: “The To­tal Ex­cel­lence Awards show­case the pro­fes­sion­al­ism of our best lead­ers, vol­un­teers, of­fi­cers and staff, team­work, ex­cel­lence in overcoming ad­ver­sity and so much more.

“Such re­mark­able acts of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and self­less acts of brav­ery are of­ten car­ried out in the Metropoli­tan Po­lice Ser­vice, but rarely re­marked upon. Th­ese awards give us the op­por­tu­nity to recog­nise and cel­e­brate the courage of some of our of­fi­cers and po­lice staff, in sav­ing lives, fight­ing crime and tack­ling armed and dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals.”

n BRAV­ERY: Ge­orge Brown re­ceived his Spe­cial Con­sta­ble of the Year award from the Met Com­mis­sioner Sir Bernard Ho­gan-Howe at a pre­sen­ta­tion ear­lier this month

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