15 December 2021
Derbyshire’s Police Bravery Award nominees were given the added bonus of a guided tour of the Houses of Parliament by MP Amanda Solloway during their trip to the capital.
PCs Joshua Dales, Richard Deakin, Max Freeman and an officer we cannot name travelled to London for an awards presentation ceremony last week after being shortlisted for rescuing a woman from a treacherous stretch of the River Derwent.
They joined fellow nominees from across England and Wales at the event which was also attended by policing minister Kit Malthouse, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick.
Earlier in the day they also attended a Downing Street reception hosted by the Home Secretary, Priti Patel.
And the day before, they were also invited to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Palace of Westminster by Derby North MP, Amanda Solloway.
Ms Solloway said: “It was a real privilege to meet the officers in Westminster and give them a tour around Parliament and the Palace of Westminster. They are a great testament to our city and deserve to be recognised for their bravery to keep people in our city safe. We truly owe them our greatest respect.”
Derbyshire Police Federation chair Tony Wetton said: “It’s always exciting travelling down for the Police Bravery Awards with the trip to 10 Downing Street and then the evening event but this tour of Parliament was a special experience for our nominees and made the visit even more memorable.
“So we would like to thank Amanda Solloway for making that possible and giving our members the opportunity to visit the corridors of power where our laws are made.”