Bravery award for stabbed Hampshire police officer Alex Stypulkowski

Pc Alex Stypulkowski

Pc Alex Stypulkowski

First published in Crime Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy News Editor

A HAMPSHIRE officer who was stabbed repeatedly during a frenzied attack as he tried to detain a man with mental problems has been nominated for a national police bravery award.

PC Alex Stypulkowski thought he was going to die as the man he was trying to arrest plunged a knife into his chest, neck and head as they struggled on the floor in a dark road.

The frightening ordeal happened in November 2010 when the officer was deployed to assist social services to section the man, known to be violent and who had previously taken his own mother hostage, under the mental health act But when police arrived at the scene, the man came out of the house and ran from the police who then chased him.

Moments later Pc Stypulkowski found he had become separated from his colleagues and face to face with the man who was brandishing a blade.

In a sinisterly calm way the man told PC Stypulkowski, “You're going to die.”

The officer sprayed him in the face with CS gas and then, when that failed, he hit him across the legs with his asp - but he was dragged to the floor by the man as he fell.

As the two men struggled, the officer's jacket was pulled over his head so he couldn't see and then the vicious stabbing began.

Shortly after, another officer arrived and the man they were trying to detain again ran off, but despite his injuries PC Stypulkowski got up and continued with the chase. He was found hiding behind a car and was finally tackled with CS spray before a second officer used a taser gun to detain him.

At the hospital it was discovered that PC Stypulkowski had been stabbed in the head and neck. One stab wound had narrowly missed his jugular vein.

John Apter, chairman of Hampshire Police Federation, said: “PC Stypulkowski's actions that day epitomise the courage and commitment of being a police officer. His determination to arrest the man despite near fatal injuries to himself is highly commendable and acts as an example to us all. It was only good luck and body armour which prevented something far worse.”

Alex Marshall, Chief Constable, added: “'PC Stypulkowski is a dedicated officer. His actions on that night demonstrated exceptional bravery and determination. I am extremely proud of him, he is a credit to Hampshire Constabulary.”

The awards will take place on October 18 in London.

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11:36am Mon 15 Oct 12

sotonwinch09 says...

Well deserved award. One of the best officers Hampshire have in the north of the county and a reminder what these guys face on a daily basis.

If all frontline officers were equipped with taser then these sorts of incidents wouldn't happen. I'm all for it as I am not a criminal so wouldn't be on the receiving end. He could have easily been murdered that day.

Keep up the good work!
Well deserved award. One of the best officers Hampshire have in the north of the county and a reminder what these guys face on a daily basis. If all frontline officers were equipped with taser then these sorts of incidents wouldn't happen. I'm all for it as I am not a criminal so wouldn't be on the receiving end. He could have easily been murdered that day. Keep up the good work! sotonwinch09
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12:58pm Mon 15 Oct 12

RedDan says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
Well deserved award. One of the best officers Hampshire have in the north of the county and a reminder what these guys face on a daily basis.

If all frontline officers were equipped with taser then these sorts of incidents wouldn't happen. I'm all for it as I am not a criminal so wouldn't be on the receiving end. He could have easily been murdered that day.

Keep up the good work!
It's funny isn't it how people who have a problem with police are the same people who are in trouble with them, especially those in trouble regularly.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Well deserved award. One of the best officers Hampshire have in the north of the county and a reminder what these guys face on a daily basis. If all frontline officers were equipped with taser then these sorts of incidents wouldn't happen. I'm all for it as I am not a criminal so wouldn't be on the receiving end. He could have easily been murdered that day. Keep up the good work![/p][/quote]It's funny isn't it how people who have a problem with police are the same people who are in trouble with them, especially those in trouble regularly. RedDan
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8:43pm Mon 15 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

The police often deal with mental health patients in an utterly inappropriate manner, sometimes with fatal consequences. Mental health patients die in police custody on a far too frequent basis. This isn't the fault of the front-line coppers, but it's a massive failing of their superiors, who don't provide them with the necessary education and training to understand that their normal C&R tactics will only exacerbate the situation, and to provide them with the alternative de-escalation and control techniques that they need.

Not hugely relevant to the situation in the story I admit. But it's a problem that results in a lot of injury and deaths and receives very little attention - so I make no apology for taking any opportunity to highlight it.

On this occasion though, it sounds as though the officer's response was measured, appropriate, and courageous. Fully deserving of the recognition he's received.

Those who complain about immigration may wish to take a good hard look at his surname.

Jesteś dzielnym człowiekiem, oficerem. Gratulujemy nagrody.
The police often deal with mental health patients in an utterly inappropriate manner, sometimes with fatal consequences. Mental health patients die in police custody on a far too frequent basis. This isn't the fault of the front-line coppers, but it's a massive failing of their superiors, who don't provide them with the necessary education and training to understand that their normal C&R tactics will only exacerbate the situation, and to provide them with the alternative de-escalation and control techniques that they need. Not hugely relevant to the situation in the story I admit. But it's a problem that results in a lot of injury and deaths and receives very little attention - so I make no apology for taking any opportunity to highlight it. On this occasion though, it sounds as though the officer's response was measured, appropriate, and courageous. Fully deserving of the recognition he's received. Those who complain about immigration may wish to take a good hard look at his surname. Jesteś dzielnym człowiekiem, oficerem. Gratulujemy nagrody. cantthinkofone
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8:45pm Mon 15 Oct 12

cantthinkofone says...

RedDan wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
Well deserved award. One of the best officers Hampshire have in the north of the county and a reminder what these guys face on a daily basis.

If all frontline officers were equipped with taser then these sorts of incidents wouldn't happen. I'm all for it as I am not a criminal so wouldn't be on the receiving end. He could have easily been murdered that day.

Keep up the good work!
It's funny isn't it how people who have a problem with police are the same people who are in trouble with them, especially those in trouble regularly.
That's patently untrue in my experience.
[quote][p][bold]RedDan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: Well deserved award. One of the best officers Hampshire have in the north of the county and a reminder what these guys face on a daily basis. If all frontline officers were equipped with taser then these sorts of incidents wouldn't happen. I'm all for it as I am not a criminal so wouldn't be on the receiving end. He could have easily been murdered that day. Keep up the good work![/p][/quote]It's funny isn't it how people who have a problem with police are the same people who are in trouble with them, especially those in trouble regularly.[/p][/quote]That's patently untrue in my experience. cantthinkofone
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