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Brave police officer who challenged gunman receives accolade from Force

November 9, 2017
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A brave police officer who challenged a man in the street who was carrying a gun was among those recognised at Thursday night's (2 November 2017) Nottinghamshire Police Awards, sponsored by Nottingham Trent University, the Nottinghamshire Police Federation and Mazars. 

Police Constable Kelly Haining was attending reports of a burglary on 1 September 2017. As she drove along Ebury Road, in Sherwood, she noticed a man with what appeared to be a gun in his hand.

Concerned about the man being on the street in possession of a firearm PC Haining, who was equipped only with CS spray, a baton and body armour, challenged him shouting clear commands to place the weapon on the floor and step back from it.

Fortunately the man complied, putting the gun on the floor and following PC Haining’s instructions. She was then able to quickly secure the man and the gun.

She said: "My main concern was to make sure that the members of public who were also out on the street were kept safe.

"I let the Control Room know my location and engaged with the man. Once he’d complied with my instructions I requested an armed response vehicle (ARV) to the location. He was also single-crewed and attended to assist me."

A firearms officer arrived at the scene a short time later and, upon inspecting the weapon, established it was an imitation, but one which was an exact replica of a real firearm. The officer said that even stood right next to the gun, it would not be possible to discern whether it was real or imitation.

PC Haining’s prompt and brave actions in the face of what she believed to be a real firearm resulted in her receiving the Chief Constable’s Commendation at Thursday night’s annual Force awards ceremony.

PC Tom Andrews, who nominated her for her commendation, said: "The bravery shown by PC Haining was exemplary. She remained calm and recalled her training in challenging the man who, to all intents and purposes, was armed with a gun.

"Her actions in putting public safety and the prevention of crime above her own welfare is in line with the finest traditions of the Police Service. She is a credit to Nottinghamshire Police."

After receiving her award PC Haining, who is pictured receiving her certificate from Chief Constable Craig Guildford, said: "Everything happened so quickly. I just remember thinking that there were a number of people around and my thoughts initially went to the recent activity that had been happening across the UK.

"I didn’t want to alarm my colleagues but I also knew that I needed to let people know where I was and to take control of the situation.

"I knew that I needed to stay calm as my behaviour could affect the man’s behaviour. I didn’t want to heighten the already tense situation but was very aware that I needed to engage with him to de-escalate the situation."

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