A West Yorkshire Police officer who threw herself in front of a stolen car to save a young boy from being hit by the vehicle has been nominated for The National Police Bravery Awards.
PC Sanya Shahid, a student officer at the time of the incident, was travelling in the passenger seat of a marked police vehicle in Leeds as part of her roads policing attachment.
A BMW vehicle mounted the kerb to escape the attention of the police officers, and as it did so, it trapped a 10-year-old boy against a wall near a shop.
It was evident to the officers that the boy was in real danger of being crushed further, so PC Shahid sprinted from her vehicle and launched herself across the BMW to get herself in between the car and the boy.
The driver of the BMW had got out of the vehicle at this stage, but the car was still moving forward, so PC Shahid continued to shield the boy.
She then stayed behind to support the boy’s family as he was taken to hospital with suspected leg fractures.
PC Shahid thankfully suffered only minor injuries.
West Yorkshire Police Federation Chairman Brian Booth said her selfless act had ensured the youngster’s injuries were not far worse.
“We are so incredibly proud of PC Shahid,” said Brian.
“Her actions demonstrate outstanding bravery. As she says herself ‘you don’t think about it, you just do it.’
“PC Shahid risked her own safety to protect a young boy – the stolen car was still moving and who knows what would have unfolded if she had not stepped in.
“PC Shahid was a student officer at the time, and with such courage and brilliance, she will enjoy a wonderful career.
“We must even note that the Independent Office has commended her for Police Conduct for her actions that day.
“Her nomination is well deserved.”
PC Shahid will attend a reception and an evening awards ceremony in London in July.
The National Police Bravery Awards honour officers from across England and Wales who have performed outstanding acts of bravery while on or off duty.
Police Mutual sponsors the awards.