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Wiltshire Police Federation

National Police Bravery Awards 2020

13 October 2021

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A police officer known widely as ‘Britain’s bravest cop’ was named winner of the prestigious Annual Police Bravery Awards, sponsored by Police Mutual.

PC Stuart Outten suffered multiple stab wounds and skull fractures, but managed to use his Taser to disable an attacker who was armed with a machete. In the horrific attack, he suffered six deep wounds to his head, skull fractures, and two wounds to his arm and multiple finger fractures.

PFEW National Chair John Apter, who personally handed over the bravery trophy to PC Stuart Outten, said: “We have the finest police officers in the world - dedicated public servants who, without hesitation, put themselves in danger to protect others. They are humble, professional and committed individuals who I am proud to call my colleagues. Police officers are everyday heroes who are anything but ordinary. My congratulations go to PC Stuart Outten and all the Police Bravery Awards nominees. They deserve every bit of recognition they receive.”

In addition to PC Outten’s award, seven inspirational, regional winners have been recognised for going above and beyond the line of duty.

Congratulations to our regional winners:

• PS Simon Hogg and Retired PC Paul Cowling, Durham
• PS Amos Durose and PC Kristian Avons, Staffordshire
• PC Geoff Marshall, Derbyshire
• PC Roz Fricker, Dorset
• PC Richard Shea, PC Matthew Reynolds, North Wales
• An officer who cannot be named, South East 
• PC Joanna Wilber and PC Jack Wilber, Greater Manchester

A total of 93 nominees from 42 forces in England and Wales were honoured at the 2020 edition of the event – which celebrated its’ 25th year. 

Our heartfelt congratulations go to all of our winners and nominees, who exemplify the very best of British policing.