PC Keith Palmer leads list of officers honoured at Excellence Awards

PC Keith Palmer leads list of officers honoured at Excellence Awards

PC Keith Palmer has been honoured for his outstanding bravery at the Annual Met Excellence Awards in London.

It was an emotional moment at the ceremony this afternoon when PC Palmer was posthumously honoured with the Outstanding Bravery of the Year award for his courageous actions on 22 March 2017.

PC Palmer sacrificed his life to protect his colleagues and members of the public.

In her speech, Commissioner Cressida Dick said he “gave his life protecting Parliament doing a job he loved.”

PC Palmer’s colleague and friend PC Shaun Cartwright collected the Award from the Commissioner Cressida Dick.

Also receiving an Outstanding Contribution Award for his efforts on that day to save PC Palmer’s life was MP Tobias Ellwood who said he was “humbled” to be recognised. “PC Palmer was an incredible man,” he said.

Over 350 police officers and staff from across the force attended the awards to celebrate the great work, professionalism and dedication of Metropolitan Police Officers. 

PC Philip Stone from Disaster Victim Identification was awarded he Police Officer of the Year Award. PC Stone was responsible for coordinating the response to five UK events last year, including terrorist attacks and human disasters.

The Operation Viper Team were awarded the Operations/Specialist Team of the Year Award for their response to the increase in firearm crimes. They recovered 80 firearms and arrested 400 suspects in the first four months.

The Investigation of the Year Award went to DC Hannah Stewart of East Region Child Abuse Investigation Team. DC Stewart led a time sensitive, logistically challenging investigation into a child sexual abuse offence.

For the first time ever, the public were invited to vote for the Safer Neighbourhoods Team of the Year. This award went to Tooting Safer Neighbourhoods Team who were recognised for their efforts in tackling anti-social behaviour, drugs and knife crime and their work to resolve community tensions during the Muslim festival of Ashura.

DC Nicky Dawes of Central North Command Unit Safeguarding Team received the Victim Care Award.

The Body Worn Video Project Team from Met HQ were recognised with the Building a Better Met Award for their work in improving public confidence in police, and supporting the largest global roll out of body worn cameras. Complaints against the police have dropped by 33% since the roll out.

The North Resourcing Hub, PC Tony Marchant of Aviation Policing, Sgt Andrew Pettet of Newham, PC Ceyhun Uzun of Westminster and Cherie Rosario of the Multi agency safeguarding hubs all received a special recognition awards.

Commissioner Cressida Dick, said: “It was wonderful to see so many officers, staff, volunteers and community members at the event and to hear their stories. The awards provide a great opportunity to showcase some of the extraordinary effort that goes into protecting Londoners and making our city safer for everyone.

“Thank you to all the men and women of the Met who give so much for London every single day."

The awards were sponsored by Accenture UK Ltd, DHL, Eurofins Forensic Services and Met Friendly Society Limited.