Some of the finest officers in England and Wales are set to be honoured at the national Police Bravery Awards on 18 July.
North Wales Police nominee PC Gareth Jaggard showed incredible bravery by going alone in a search of an armed offender in the dark.
Force Awards Ceremony PC Gareth Jaggard with Chief Constable Carl Foulkes
North Wales Police received a call that a petrol station had been robbed by an offender with a knife, so PC Gareth Jaggard and two other officers responded. Using his local knowledge, PC Jaggard got out of the police vehicle on the way to the petrol station to try to intercept the suspect leaving the scene.
The other officers carried on to the petrol station to help the victim, who had been working alone and was traumatised by the incident. PC Jaggard quickly found the suspect climbing over a wall fleeing from the direction of the petrol station. The officer was fully aware that the suspect had a knife but managed to contain the man using his communication skills and Taser. He also pressed the red button on his radio to help other officers find his location.
PC Jaggard was joined by colleagues who arrested the suspect just six minutes after the original alarm call. Using the officer’s observations of the suspect the knife was recovered nearby, as he had heard him drop it.
Asked about his nomination, PC Jaggard said: ” I couldn’t believe it. I don’t think I have been brave and it’s just what we do as police, it’s what the public expect of us and what I would expect as a victim of crime. I thoroughly enjoyed the Force awards evening and do feel a sense of pride about what I did that night.
“My wife is really proud of me but I think she tries to block out of her mind what we have to deal with in work otherwise she was be constantly worried. My dad likes to hear what I’ve been up to in work and what it’s like now, he’s got a few good memories of his own and worked with some of the first people to receive the Fletcher Award.
“(I’m looking forward to) Hearing the stories of the other recipients. Hearing what Police Officers are doing around the country day in day out, some of whom getting injured and assaulted, makes you feel proud to be part of the Police service.
“And when asked about what he’ll ask the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary and the Police Minister at the Downing Street reception: “Can we have our helicopter back please!”
You can find out about the other nominees here