Surrey - talked suicidal man down from roof

Temporary Sergeant James Lampard

Temporary Sergeant James Lampard

A Surrey officer who put his safety at risk to talk a suicidal man down from a roof has been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.

PC James Lampard (now a Temp Sgt) and his sergeant attended a call regarding a man on the roof of a shopping centre. Whilst on their way, the Metropolitan Police shared that they had received a call from a woman following a domestic incident. She said that her partner had stolen her car, possibly heading to Epsom to kill himself as he had tried to do previously.

On arrival at the centre PC Lampard went to the top floor, where he found the man sitting on the ‘wrong’ side of the barriers. The man was reluctant for police to approach and speak to him, but eventually PC Lampard managed to gain a rapport. The man explained that he felt life was not worth living and described how he felt that life was passing him by. He disclosed that he had been there before three years ago, and at that time he had been promised help by a close relative but nothing had changed.

PC Lampard displayed the highest level of professionalism and compassion in the way he engaged with the man. He built a rapport so he could approach, grab hold and carefully guide the man over to the right side of the barrier, where he could be offered support and taken safely to hospital.

He showed great courage in going hands on with the man, as due to the individual’s size and build, if he had changed his mind and jumped, it was highly likely that PC Lampard would have been dragged over the side with him.

The bravery displayed by PC Lampard was noted by the force control room, and his communication was so impressive that the control room supervisor stood down the negotiator minutes into the incident, as he felt PC Lampard was doing such an excellent job.