Brave cops to be honoured in glittering award ceremony

Tuesday, 08 July, 2008

The 13th national Police Bravery Awards will take place this Thursday, 10th July. The glittering award ceremony will be attended by the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith and a host of celebrities and will take place at The Dorchester Hotel in London.

All the officers nominated for an award will also attend a reception at 10 Downing Street at 11.30am Thursday morning, where they will meet and have photos taken with the Prime Minister. (press are welcome to attend but will not be allowed inside).

Sixty Four officers from forces across England and Wales are in the running and eight regional and one overall winner will be announced during the evening.

Each year there is also a special award for an outstanding act of bravery by a member of the public. This was set up in memory of Jill Dando the BBC journalist who was murdered outside her home in 1999. The award is presented by her former colleague Nick Ross.

The awards were established 13 years ago to pay tribute to the unsung heroes of the police service. The evening honours officers who put themselves at risk of death or serious harm performing their duties. It is organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales and sponsored by The Sun newspaper.

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