A video has been released by Northamptonshire Police of the moment an officer was attacked by a man wielding an eight-inch knife.
PC Alex Prentice and PC Debbie Wishart were called out to a domestic incident at an address in Corby in March last year and were confronted by a man wielding a large kitchen knife.
Footage from PC Prentice’s bodyworn camera shows how Lee Vickers repeatedly thrusts the knife towards the officers, catching PC Prentice’s protective vest.
PC Prentice, speaking to BBC Crimewatch, said: “It is not the first time we have had to deal with an incident like this but it is the first time I have been hit on the stab vest.
“If the knife had been two to three inches higher it would have caught me in the neck.
Vickers, who was later jailed for three-and-half-years, was caught by the officers after PC Wishart distracted him and PC Prentice was able to disarm him.
Both officers received a Chief Constable’s Commendation and The Boatman Shield at the police awards in May.
A statement by the Northamptonshire Police said: “They both demonstrated courage, cool resilience and outstanding professionalism in the face of extreme danger.”
After receiving the award, former RAF soldier PC Prentice said: “It’s not something we come across every day. Even though you prepare for these situations, they are still difficult to deal with.
“I feel very proud to have won such a prestigious award.”