A PAIR of brave police officers from Solihull were honoured at a special ceremony yesterday Thursday (23 June) for outstanding acts of bravery.
PC Grant Naismith and PC Matthew Goodwin received their awards from the Chief Constable at the Tally Ho! Sports and Social Club in Edgbaston after both officers risked injury in separate incidents.
In December last year, PC Naismith dealt with a distressed man in Chelmsley Wood who said he had knives and wanted to hurt himself. The man had also taken an overdose of medication and alcohol and was brandishing two 10-inch knives. PC Naismith placed himself in danger and negotiated with the man who was taken into custody and received hospital treatment.
Fellow officer PC Matthew Goodwin followed a thief who had snatched an elderly woman’s handbag in Brueton Park in August 2010. The thief threatened to shoot the woman and her elderly friend before running away but PC Goodwin spotted the man and followed him onto a bus. Concerned the man had a gun, PC Goodwin grabbed the bag which contained a pistol and arrested him.
The thief was later sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
Superintendent Dave Walker said: “In both incidents, PC Goodwin and PC Naismith remained calm and controlled. They showed immense bravery in putting the safety of the public and colleagues before themselves. I am very proud of them both and am pleased their bravery is being rewarded.”