TWO PCSOs who attempted to subdue a violent burglar and a third who thwarted the criminal by sitting on him have been handed awards.
PCSO James Harry and PCSO Addison Maker were first at the scene of the burglary in Admirals Road, Locks Heath, in January. They spotted the thief carrying a bag leaving the street and tried to stop him – but were assaulted.
While the burglar ran off the two PCSOs were joined by PCSO Tammi Ley – who pulled him off a wall and sat on him.
All three kept him detained while 999 police officers rushed to the scene.
A police spokeswoman said: ‘If anyone ever doubted the value of PCSOs this example of bravery and dedication would make them think again.
‘These three PCSOs demonstrated exemplary dedication to duty when they detained a violent, wanted criminal as he was carrying out a burglary.’
She added: ‘The suspect, Glen Boswarthack, posed a significant threat, with a long and violent offending history and had everything to lose if caught. However, despite this intimidating and frightening confrontation, these three PCSOs did not waver in their dedication to their duty.
‘Their action far exceeds that of their role or the expectations of them.’
Boswarthack admitted the burglary in court and asked for 14 offences to be taken into consideration. He was jailed for 32 months, police said.
The three PCSOs have been awarded a Chief Constable Commendation for dedication to duty and perseverance in chasing and detaining a violent prolific offender.