Brave bobby bounces back to become 'Officer of Year'

PC Phil Kingsley Credit: WM Police

​A brave bobby has bounced back from being seriously injured on duty to help support other victims and tackle crime. PC Phil Kingsley suffered a bleed on the brain along with a broken leg and ankle after being hit by a suspected drink driver in Dudley Port in 2015.

PC Kingsley said: "It was difficult time in my life, there were the physical injuries to recover from but also mentally. He continued "I had to rebuild my confidence again but I always wanted to come back and the force were very supportive."

He was off work for more than a year following the collision but fought back to carry on his dream job as a cop.

The former engineer has been at the forefront of tackling a range of community issues across his Smethwick patch ranging from drugs, prostitution and anti-social behaviour. This included the eviction of nuisance tenants which had repeatedly blighted a neighbourhood.

He was recognised for his ongoing contribution by recently being named West Midlands Police Officer of the Year.     

PC Phil Kingsley Credit: WM Police

After receiving the award, Kingsley said "It was a big shock but also a huge honour. I was 35 when I became an officer and like everyone, I did it because I wanted to make a difference.""It's a great feeling when you can help someone and make a difference to the quality of their life. I feel fortunate to be in a position where I can do something to help get some closure or satisfaction for the victims of crime.""I started my police career as a response officer dealing with immediate calls for service but I really enjoy my role as a neighbourhood officer now. I want to continue doing everything I can to keep people safe."