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Officer and dog commended for their bravery - Catford, London

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PC Howarth and PD Jax

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Today we celebrated the work of officers, staff and members of the public at the Chief Constable's Commendations.

Over the next week, we'll be sharing their stories - from those who saved lives to others who showed incredible bravery in the face of danger...starting with PC Craig Howarth and his partner PD Jax.

On Wednesday 2 November 2016, PC Howarth and PD Jax were conducting arrest enquiries when they received a radio call to attend Catford station.

They were told a man with a sharp object had attacked passengers on board a train and was self-harming.

Without a moment’s hesitation, the pair rushed to the station and onto the train – where they found the suspect seriously hurting himself. He was panicked, shouting at the people around him, including a man he had trapped in a corner and was threatening.

PC Howarth deployed PD Jax – who is a five-year-old Belgium Malinois specially trained general purpose dog.

As Jax distracted the suspect, it gave time for PC Howarth to safely restrain the man and get him, and the other passengers, to safety.

Today, they were both commended for their bravery.

PC Howarth said: “I am honoured to be awarded this commendation today.

“The suspect was extremely violent and posed a significant risk to members of the public.”

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