Rugby police officers commended for acts of bravery and dedication - The Rugby Observer

Rugby police officers commended for acts of bravery and dedication

Andy Morris 5th Nov, 2017   0

BRAVE police officers who saved a bleeding man’s life while surrounded by aggressive drunk people and talked a woman out of harming herself were among those honoured at the Warwickshire Police Chief Superintendent’s Awards.

The awards, which recognise the dedication and commitment of officers, staff and the public who go the extra mile, were given out at the Sports Connexion in Ryton-on-Dunsmore.

Ch Supt Alex Franklin-Smith said: “Our officers, staff and partners show amazing levels of commitment every day. These award winners have all gone the extra mile and I’m extremely proud of their dedication to the communities we serve.

“So much of the work police and our partners do is not seen by the public so it is fantastic to be able share these stories. I’m sure the community will join me in congratulating them and recognising their efforts.”




In April, PCs Leigh Pickering, Ollie Payne and Richard Bull of Rugby Police Station were called to a street brawl involving four to five people.

They arrived to find a man on the floor with a serious cut to his hand.


The three officers worked to stem the bleed while surrounded and outnumbered by aggressive drunk people.

The man was taken to hospital where the surgeon said that the actions of the officers saved his life.

Ch Supt Franklin-Smith commended the trio for their professionalism and fast actions in a violent situation. He said: “Your calm application of first aid skills under pressure ultimately saved a man’s life.”

PC Charlie Young of Rugby Town Central Safer Neighbourhood Team was called out to a report of missing young Rugby woman who was threatening to harm herself in February.

Charlie built up such a good rapport with her that when the trained negotiator arrived, they recommended she carry on talking.

Following Charlie’s intervention the woman was given help and support from other agencies.

Ch Supt Franklin-Smith said: “Your action protected a vulnerable person and prevented her from suffering serious harm or injury.”

PC Russell Kelf of Rugby Police Station found himself in a similar situation while responding to a report of a vulnerable woman threatening to harm herself.

He calmly spoke to her and gained her trust. He finally detained her under the mental health act and she was taken for expert medical attention.

Ch Supt Franklin-Smith said: “Your bravery and excellent communications skills and negotiation ultimately saved a vulnerable person from harm and serious injury.”

PCSO Matthew Havelock of Rugby Rural Central Safer Neighbourhood Team and Rural Crime Coordinator Carol Cotterill took it upon themselves to arrange a major networking and educational event for rural crime, involving local farmers, police, trading standards and the fire service.

Ch Supt Franklin-Smith commended them for their enthusiasm and initiative, adding: “Your efforts went above and beyond the scope of your work. You have increased organisational understanding of rural crime and have built partnerships within the rural community.

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