Recognition for special constable’s bravery
Hillingdon volunteer wins Special Constable of the Year award
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