The Sheriffs' Award
The City of London Sheriffs have decided that PC Marques, a probationary officer with less than two years’ service, demonstrated not only bravery but true self-sacrifice. The actions he took clearly endangered his own life whilst protecting others and is undoubtedly worthy of the 2017 City of London Sheriffs’ Award.
The Award is a highly prestigious one with the winner receiving a trophy, a framed certificate and, from 2014, a cheque for £2,500. By order of the Sheriffs their names are permanently inscribed on an Honours Board and in a Book of Honour which are on permanent display at the Central Criminal Court - 'The Old Bailey'.
The search for nominations begins in February each year at the Old Bailey during a ceremony presided over by the Sheriffs. Later in the year the Sheriffs select the Award winner and a deserving list of runners-up.
Nominations are sought from across the United Kingdom and are open to members of the public as well as members of the Emergency Services, the Armed Forces and people employed in the Security Industry.
The Recipient of the 2017 Award
Police Constable Wayne Marques
On the evening of Saturday 3rd June 2017, whilst on duty, PC Wayne Marques of the British Transport Police, hearing screams outside a railway station, went towards the terrifying scenes now commonly referred to as The London Bridge Attacks.
Amidst the panic and confusion along Borough High Street, PC Marques saw three people attacking others and without thought for his own safety, acted to prevent further injury to innocent bystanders. As a result of his action, the attackers turned their attention towards PC Marques.
Equipped only with a standard Police issue expandable baton, he fought against the attackers who wielded knives with blades of 8 and 10 inches. They were also wearing what appeared to be explosive vests that later transpired to be fake. PC Marques fought courageously, indeed relentlessly, until he lost consciousness due to the severity of the injuries inflicted upon him. Shortly after PC Marques’ intervention, the attackers were shot by armed Police and died from their injuries. They had killed eight innocent people and injured a further 48.
The City of London Sheriffs have decided that PC Marques, a probationary officer with less than two years’ service, demonstrated not only bravery but true self-sacrifice. The actions he took clearly endangered his own life whilst protecting others and are undoubtedly worthy of the 2017 City of London Sheriffs’ Award.
The Award was presented to PC Marques by Sheriff Neil Redcliffe at the Company's Annual Dinner which was held in Merchant Taylors' Hall on 9 October 2017.
2018 Award Nomination Form
To access the nomination form please click this link 2018 Sheriffs' Award Nomination Form and save the form.