Senior politicians and police officers from North Wales have celebrated wins at the National Police Bravery Awards, which are held annually to celebrate the actions of on and off duty police officers, as they go over and above to protect their communities.
Delyn MS Hannah Blythyn attended the awards representing the Welsh Government in her ministerial role, and was joined by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Andy Dunbobbin, as well as other representatives of the police force.
At the ceremony over 90 police officers were commended for their acts of bravery, including PCs Richard Shea and Matt Reynolds, who retired last year after 30 years’ service. The officers attended an address in June 2019 following reports of an armed man trying to force entry into the property of a woman he had allegedly sexually assaulted.
PCs Shea and Reynolds discovered the firearm was a toy gun but only after approaching the house, and on deploying their tasers they realised the man was holding a large kitchen knife, ready to attack them.
Following the awards, Ms Blythyn said:
“It is always a privilege to meet and speak to our emergency services to better understand the real dangers and the positive difference they make to our communities.
Those officers who wear their uniform with a sense of pride, going over and above to protect and safeguard our communities, often displaying great levels of courage, deserve to be recognised.
Well done to all those involved in the awards and thank you to those officers across our corner of the country who keep us safe.”
All 42 police forces in Wales and England were involved in the awards ceremony and PCs Shea and Reynolds won the regional award for Wales.
Police and Crime Commissioner for North Wales, Andy Dunbobbin, added:
“I am extremely proud of PCs Shea and Reynolds for both their actions in responding to this emergency and for representing North Wales on a national stage.
Our officers work day in, day out, to tackle crime and protect the most vulnerable in our communities, whilst also dealing with many different crimes.
I am committed to doing all I can to supporting and celebrating the outstanding work we see happening right across North Wales.”
Since the Senedd and Police and Crime Commissioner elections this year, both Ms Blythyn and Mr Dunbobbin, have continued to work with communities to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as emphasising the need to support victims of crime.