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PCs Commended For Response To Stabbings

PC James Elliot (L), Chief Robin Smith (C), &PC Elliot Brown (R)

Two Jersey police officers have received two Chief Commendations for their response to separate stabbing incidents.

PC James Elliot and PC Elliot Brown were the first to the scene of a stabbing in the Temple Bar in St Helier in December 2021 and an attempted murder on St Saviour's Le Geyt estate a month later.

Chief Officer Robin Smith, who was handing out the awards, said it's a rare occurrence.

"It's the highest and most important award that I can give, so you can imagine the bar is very very high.

To give one isn't unusual but it is rare. To give out two for two separate incidents is absolutely unique."

He told Channel 103 what he looks for when deciding to give the honour.

"Often bravery, and it's often from very complex cases. It can be one of a number of things.

Certainly in this case, it was just the supreme professionalism and for saving lives. When we join the police service we take an oath to the King which talks about protecting life."

The incidents saw a pub-goer stabbed in the stomach in December 2021 and a teenager viciously attacked by two other teenagers over an unpaid drug debt.

Medical professionals say that the actions of PC Elliot and PC Brown undoubtedly saved the lives of both men.

“I am immensely proud of PCs Elliott and Brown, they are a credit to the police service and the States of Jersey Police. They showed unwavering commitment to duty, steadfast resolve and quick-thinking whist dealing with these very difficult and stressful situations, and it is testament to their real courage, professionalism and compassion. They really did go above and beyond the call of duty and for that reason, we have recognised their actions today.”

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