Deputy Chief Constable Livingstone with award winners PS Sheppard and PC Forge
Police Officers and members of the public have been honoured at the Police Scotland Bravery and Meritorious Conduct Awards today (Tuesday 5 December).
Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone presented the commendations for bravery and meritorious conduct to 28 Police Officers and 24 members of the public for their efforts to keep people safe.
Police officers who received commendations at a ceremony at Scottish Police College, Tulliallan included: two constables entering fast flowing cold water in Glasgow to rescue a woman who was unresponsive, dragging her to the riverbank and successfully carrying out CPR; and an off duty officer in Campbeltown who entered a burning building to help evacuate several elderly residents from their homes.
Among the members of the public who were honoured were two men and a woman who helped a woman to safety from the River Forth in Stirling and a youth who challenged housebreakers in a neighbour’s garden.
DCC Livingstone said: “I was delighted to meet all the award brave recipients, who have acted so courageously, and it is right we pay tribute to their efforts and praise the selflessness of their actions.
"Police Scotland officers often find themselves in situations, as part of their duty where, they go above and beyond what would normally be expected. It is important we take the time to recognise when our officers and staff go the extra mile to keep people safe.
“It is also extremely encouraging to see members of the public care about the people the live beside in their communities - even those they may not know. Their acts of bravery and of humanity should be applauded."
Nicola Marchant, Deputy Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, said: “Today’s awards are an opportunity for us to acknowledge and reward the outstanding work that our officers and staff do day in, day out. Those receiving awards today have gone beyond expectations to intervene to ensure someone is brought to safety or a dangerous situation is defused. This takes great courage and those of us who sit behind a desk are full of admiration for those who so easily put others first.
“But importantly, the awards also give us the unique opportunity to acknowledge those members of the public who have also helped policing to keep the people of Scotland safe. It has been said that officers run to a situation while others are running away – and we do appreciate those who choose to stay to support officers when they could so easily head in the direction of safety themselves.”
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said: “I never fail to be astonished by the level of bravery, initiative and plain can-do attitude that people often show when suddenly confronted with a challenging situation.
“Anyone who chooses to serve in the Police Service of Scotland is aware that no two days will be the same, and that at any moment they could be called upon to protect people in extreme circumstances.
“It’s a risky job, with plenty of uncertainties and situations where you have to rely on your judgement, experience and skills. And yet I am aware of how proud people are to serve with the Police, and also of the high regard in which the Police is held by members of the public.
“These awards also show us that you don’t have to be a Police Officer to do something amazing and help other people and today’s awards also celebrate those times when ordinary members of the public have been confronted with the most challenging of situations and acted extraordinarily bravely and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing about them.”
Stephen Mann, CEO of sponsors Police Mutual, said: “Police Mutual is very proud to be supporting the Police Scotland Bravery and Meritorious Awards. I am always astounded by police officers’ acts of bravery and my colleagues and I continue to be inspired by their dedication. They are a true inspiration and we are privileged and humbled to be part of the awards.”