SAVIOUR SARA SUMMERS: Northumbria Police new recruit shows compassion to woman on North Shields bridge
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Saviour Sara Summers - Northumbria Police new recruit shows compassion to woman on North Shields bridge.
One of Northumbria Police’s new recruits showed she has the compassion and composure it takes to excel in policing after she played a key role in rescuing a vulnerable person from the side of a bridge.
PC Sara Summers, who is currently in the training phase of her Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA), was called to action earlier this month when officers received a 999 call from a woman worried about her friend.
She explained her friend had called in a distressed state and revealed she was on a bridge in North Shields.
PC Summers and her policing partner were first on the scene and engaged with the woman in distress, calming her and offering to help her back to safety.
The kind-hearted PC spoke with the woman for over an hour, offering her reassurance and bonding over shared interests before the woman felt comfortable enough to be safely rescued.
Once safe, officers organised for mental health services to offer further support for the woman.
PC Summers said: “I know that it can sometimes be off-putting for people to speak to police, so I tried to find common ground and talk about more general stuff to begin with, to make her feel more comfortable and build that trust.
“I have wanted to be a police officer since I was a kid and there’s real job satisfaction knowing that in this job you can really help people. I’m very relieved I was able to help that day and hopefully make a difference.”
She added: “I’ve never worked in a place where staff consider each other more like family rather than just co-workers, and I’m very grateful for the support and trust I was given as an officer in training to be relied upon to make a difference.”
Praising her actions, Chief Superintendent Janice Hutton said: “Despite only being months into her PCDA, PC Summers took control of the situation and her compassion, calm nature and sheer desire to keep the distressed woman safe may have just seen her save a life.
“When describing what makes a good officer, many people are quick to say ‘strength’, or ‘fitness’ but above all, compassion is something no officer should ever be without.”
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