Staffordshire Officers nominated for bravery award after tackling woman with two machetes

Tuesday, 16th July 2019

TWO Police Officers from Staffordshire Police have been nominated for an award for their remarkable bravery during an incident on Christmas Eve involving a woman with two machetes.

PC Matthew Salt and PC Katie Ratcliffe, based in Cannock, have been nominated for the national Police Bravery Awards 2019 after they put their lives on the line to tackle a woman who was threatening members of the public and hitting the front doors of family homes in 2017.

A 999 call was received to a report of a woman with weapons at Beaconside in Stafford.

The two response officers were the first on the scene and put themselves between her and a crowd of people who had gathered.

The woman began to start swinging the machetes around whilst walking towards PC Salt so PC Ratcliffe – who had only received her initial taser training the fortnight before – successfully used her taser to safeguard the public and PC Salt.

She was handcuffed and arrested as armed officers and the ambulance arrived.

PC Katie Ratcliffe and PC Matthew Salt. (Credit - Staffordshire Police)

PC Katie Ratcliffe and PC Matthew Salt. (Credit – Staffordshire Police)

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan said: “I am immensely proud of Matthew and Kate who put themselves in danger to help keep the communities of Staffordshire safe.

“Their tremendous work embodies the strength, bravery and commitment of police officers who regularly put others before themselves and go above and beyond every day to keep people safe.”

PC Salt and PC Ratcliffe will attend the awards in London on Thursday (18 July).