Brave cops to be honoured in glittering award ceremony.

Monday, 10 September, 2012

The police service is gearing up for the biggest event of the year - the 17th national Police Bravery Awards.

The glittering award ceremony will be attended by the Home Secretary, Theresa May and will take place on the evening of October 18th at The Plaisterer's Hall.

53 officers from forces across England and Wales are in the running to be crowned the bravest cop.

Eight regional winners will be announced during the evening, followed by an overall winner.

The awards were established 17 years ago to pay tribute to the unsung heroes of the police service. The gala 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 Police Mutual.

This year's outstanding acts of heroism include freezing river rescues, tragic road incidents and the single handed tackling of known murderers.

All the officers nominated for an award will also attend a reception at 10 Downing Street and will take part in a photo call outside Number 10.

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