Officers recognised for showing outstanding bravery
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Two Staffordshire Police officers have been recognised at a national awards ceremony for going above and beyond the line of duty and showing extraordinary bravery.
Sergeant Amos Durose and PC Kristian Avons were awarded Bravery Awards at this year’s Police Federation of England & Wales Police Bravery Awards held in London on October 12.
The annual Police Bravery Awards honour officers in England and Wales who have performed incredible acts of bravery, while on or off duty.
Sgt Durose and PC Avons were recognised for demonstrating great bravery and professionalism to disarm a man threatening the life of a woman being held against her will.
Both officers bravely entered the bedroom he was holding the woman in twice, despite the fact he was armed with a knife. The second time they entered the bedroom Amos and Kris engaged the man.
The man then jumped up and attacked the officers, stabbing Amos a number of times to his back and lower neck as he tried to protect the victim. This attack on Amos only stopped when Kristian bravely stepped in and subdued the man.
The selfless actions of Amos and Kristian prevented any further harm coming to the woman, who only received superficial injuries.
The male offender was convicted of threats to kill for which he received 30 months imprisonment. In addition, and to run concurrently he received 18 months imprisonment for assault on the female, 12 months imprisonment for attempt assault on PC Avons and 12 months imprisonment for attempt assault on Sgt Durose as well as being recalled on license.
PC Avons said: “To win a national police bravery award really is truly humbling and came as an unexpected surprise. We’re honoured to have been recognised and win a national award.”