The police officers celebrated at the Metropolitan Police’s Excellence Awards – for work including shutting down county lines gangs and putting sex offenders behind bars – are “brave, selfless and committed”, Federation Chairman Ken Marsh has said.
Other winners at the event included officers who rescued injured teenagers trapped inside an illegal rave, and a team who supported frontline officers at the height of the pandemic.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick was among those congratulating the officers at the event on 21 September, along with Home Secretary Priti Patel, London Mayor Sadiq Khan, and former Prime Minister John Major.
Metropolitan Police Federation Chairman Ken Marsh said: “It has been a tough 18 months for policing, but Metropolitan Police officers have undoubtedly risen to the challenge. The officers being recognised today are brave, selfless and committed, and their outstanding actions deserve to be celebrated. I’m extremely proud of them.”
The Bravery Award was won by PCs Ben Shaylor, Ali Khan and James Whittaker for their tremendous courage saving two young people suffering medical emergencies at an unlicensed music event in 2020.
The officers fought their way into the locked venue to rescue a 15-year-old girl who had fallen down a fire escape, suffering serious leg injuries. They were attacked by the crowd, but used their bodies to shield the girl. The officers then returned to pull out a teenage boy who was unconscious from a suspected drugs overdose, giving him life-saving first aid.
PC Khan, collecting the award, said: “I’m lost for words that we have won this award. It’s an incredible feeling to save a life – it makes the job all worthwhile. I feel really fortunate that we receive all the training we do, and that we are able to be there at the right time to save lives.”
Operation Orochi won The Operational Team of the Year Award for their work disrupting county lines drug gangs in London and across the country. The team have closed 260 drugs lines and charged more than 300 people with offences. Their work has resulted in county lines criminals being jailed for a total of over 500 years.
The Criminal Justice and Victim Care Award was won by DC Sam Orchard, for his work supporting the victims of sex crimes. In just five months, DC Orchard secured 29 charges relating to seven separate investigations. Highly commended in the same category were former DC Nicky Cameron and former DS Debbie Moore, for their support of 11 victims of historic sexual abuse and their work to secure the convictions and sentencing – of over 29 years imprisonment – of two men.
The Commissioner’s Award went to The Pandemic Multi-Agency Response Team, made up of officers from Specialist Operations. The team were recognised for their work at the height of the pandemic, supporting frontline police officers, London Ambulance Service and the NHS by providing a 24/7 response to all COVID-19 related community deaths across London.
Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said: “Again we have heard the truly awe-inspiring stories of Met police officers, staff and volunteers acting with courage and professionalism to save lives, to achieve justice for victims of crime and always going above and beyond for Londoners, to protect them and keep them safe.
“I am exceptionally proud of all the finalists and I hope their stories will resonate with the public so that they feel proud of their Met, and may even be inspired to want to come and join us, where they too can help people and every day make a real difference to people’s lives.”