HE’S Britain’s bravest bobby.
But Graham Hislop once feared he’d never make it as an officer after he was twice knocked back by local police chiefs.
PC Hislop was last week presented with the prestigious Police Federation Bravery award for his heroics breaking up a terrifying clash between 30 youths brandishing knives, petrol bombs, baseball bats, a hockey stick and a bayonet.
The 43-year-old moved from his native Rainhill to the south east in 2001 to pursue his police career after winning a place with the Metropolitan Police.
His dad, Bob, 76, said: “I’m the proudest man in the country. It’s amazing what Graham did – and he doesn’t even seem to realise the danger he put himself in. Nothing fazes him.
“I knew that Graham had been nominated for the award but I was in bed by the time he called to tell me the good news. I couldn’t believe it when I saw him chatting to Christine Bleakley on the sofa on ITV the next morning!”
Father-of-three PC Hislop was heading back to his station in a single-crewed patrol car when he drove into the middle of two warring gangs of youths with sirens blazing.
The ex-Whiston Central and Rainhill High pupil, who recently passed his sergeant exams, was immediately met with a string of violent threats.
Bravely stepping out of his vehicle to confront both gangs, PC Hislop not only went on to cling onto and arrest one of the youths – but also dispersed the fight and mobilised other officers to make arrests for affray.
Seven knives, three petrol bombs, a hockey stick and a bayonet were recovered at the scene. A police training film, depicting the scene, has since been commissioned.
PC Hislop visited 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Minister David Cameron last Thursday (July 7) before picking up a regional award from Daybreak presenter Christine Bleakley and the national gong from Home Secretary Theresa May.
Paul McKeever, chairman of the Police Federation of England and Wales, said: “To go into this situation single-handedly is an act of extreme bravery.
“PC Hislop deserves the highest recognition for his incredible bravery and courage intercepting such a violent gang warfare situation.
“His bravery is an inspiration to us all.”