Officers win through to finals of Police Scotland awards

Police officers in the Dumfries and Galloway area (V Division) have been shortlisted for the finals of the Police Scotland Local Policing Year One Awards.

Constables Neil Graham and Alan Gribben have been shortlisted for the Diversionary Project category for their work with Reel Em In – a project based at Annan Academy to address low-level crime such as vandalism, disorder and theft. Pupils involved in the project received fishing tuition if they attended sessions from partners looking at smoking, anti-social behaviour and drugs.

Officers in the local Domestic Abuse Task Force have also been shortlisted in the Public Safety category. The officers have been working alongside a number of other agencies to identify high-risk perpetrators and to help keep a number of victims safe from abuse.

DC Scott Jardine and Constable Derek Hughes have been shortlisted in the Public Safety award for their work at the Wickerman Festival where they set up a ‘breath test staging post’ where people could voluntarily be breath-tested to ensure they were safe to drive the morning after the concert. They linked in with trained alcohol workers to provide educational information about the effects of alcohol.

Police Scotland has launched the internal awards to recognise innovation and excellence in delivering and supporting local policing across Scotland. Teams from across the country were invited to submit entries in seven categories:

Partnership working

Tackling crime

Diversionary projects

Communications

Change ad innovation

Public safety

Consultation and community engagement

The finalists will find out next week (30 September) whether they have won in their category with one team going on to be named the overall winner of the Local PolicingYear One Award.

Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick said: “The Local Policing Year One Awards recognise innovation and excellence in delivering policing across Scotland and share best practice.

“The Awards enable us to celebrate the achievements of Police Scotland officers and staff and their partners in keeping people safe and tackling the policing priorities identified by local communities.”

The winners will be announced next Tuesday (30 September) at an event at the Scottish Police Headquarters at Tulliallan.