Londoners are today, Monday 16 January, being invited to choose the winner of the bravest act of police work in the capital over the past year.
Four remarkable nominations have been put forward this year, demonstrating the heroic actions of Met officers who went above and beyond the call of duty to save lives and catch criminals.
The nominations are:
• A team of Southwark officers who bravely entered a three storey inferno to rescue ten people including a baby, elderly man and pregnant woman. None of the officers had any fire safety kit when they went in.
• Two Islington officers who grabbed a man armed wearing a suspected suicide vest with wires exposed. The suspect was also reported to be armed with a large weapon and shouting wildly.
• A Taskforce dog handler who tackled a dangerous man who had doused himself in petrol and threatened to set himself on fire. The man had armed himself with a dagger and made repeated threats to burn down a residential property.
• Two Hillingdon PC’s who entered a burning building with no fire safety equipment before searching around in pitch darkness to find and rescue an unconscious woman.
The full details of each super nomination can be found on the official MPS voting page www.met.police.uk/bravery-awards where you can also watch a personal video about each act of bravery.
The public vote is open between Monday, 16 January and midnight on Monday, 6 February. The winner will be presented with their award at a ceremony on 10 February.
Get involved, read the profiles, watch the videos and cast your vote now!
The Outstanding Bravery of the Year award is just one of the Met Commissioner's Excellence in Total Policing Awards which recognise the breadth of bravery and professionalism across the Metropolitan Police Service. The awards categories are wide-ranging and accolades will be given to officers, special constables, volunteers and staff.
Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said: "We have some outstanding candidates for this year's bravery award. All would make very worthy winners. 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, in saving lives and tackling armed and dangerous criminals.
"Please take a small amount of time out of your day to read about what these officers did that resulted in them being nominated for this bravery award, and then place your vote. It was a very difficult decision for us to select these cases from a huge number of nominations.
"The winners will be recognised at our Total Excellence Awards, where we will hear of courage and professionalism but also our best leaders and volunteers, outstanding officers and staff of the year, excellence in victim care, diversity, team work and our best thief taker.
“This will be last my last time as Commissioner presenting these awards. My officers and staff joined the Met to serve and protect Londoners and make our city safer for everyone. I am proud to lead an organisation where amazing work happens everyday. This is an opportunity for me to say thank you to all those men and women of the Met who give so much for London every day."
Nick Ferrari, LBC 97.3 breakfast presenter, said: "
LBC breakfast presenter Nick Ferrari said: “Rarely can there be a time when we have relied more on the professionalism and bravery of our police forces as we do right now, so an opportunity to be part of an event that honours that is a true privilege.”