Surrey Police Constable Colette Stoner was today (Tuesday, 11 November) awarded a national bravery award by the British Association for Women in Policing at their ceremony in Stratford- Upon-Avon.
The awards are held every year to recognise outstanding achievements by women in policing. Now in their eighth year, 12 winners from 12 different forces were recognised for their outstanding contribution in areas including bravery, community, leadership and mentoring.
PC Stoner, who is based at Reigate, was nominated for her actions on Wednesday, 28 November, 2012, when she attended a property in Caterham following a report of burglary, which was later identified as a malicious complaint.
On arrival to the property on Coulsdon Road at around 2pm, the man showed PC Stoner through to a room where he blocked the doorway and produced a knife and instructed her to remove her kit belt carrying protective equipment.
Remaining calm, PC Stoner activated an emergency call for assistance on her personal radio while ordering the man to â€˜put the knife down’. When the offender failed to respond to the command PC Stoner deployed her CS gas which allowed her to disarm the man and restrain him before help arrived.
Surrey Police Chief Constable Lynne Owens, said: “I am extremely proud of the quick and decisive action taken by PC Stoner which brought a volatile situation quickly under control.
“Following this incident I presented PC Stoner with a Chief Constable’s Commendation for her actions and this national award for bravery is very well deserved.â€
*In March 2013, a man in his 50s was given a two year custodial sentence for false imprisonment.