Late one night in January, two Southwest Patrol Officers responded to a reported family dispute in a Terwillegar neighbourhood.
Officers found an intoxicated man outside, but after speaking to residents, learned that no criminal offence occurred. However, the man was found to be breaching his recognizance conditions, and had to be arrested.
The man was handcuffed, but managed to bring his hands forward. While the officers tried to gain control, a violent and prolonged struggle ensued, and the man wrapped his hands around the throat of one of the officers.
Mr. Paul Coates witnessed the confrontation and intervened, and helped to physically remove the man so he could be safely taken into custody. Mr. Coates’ put himself in harm’s way, but his courage helped prevent the violence from escalating further.
This brave citizen was nominated by Southwest Division Acting Staff Sergeant Rae Gerrard.
Congratulations Paul Coates.