Staff Member of the Year, Kenny Milne
In this latest Q&A session, we travel out to the Livingston Civic Centre for a sit down and a scone with Kenny Milne, recently awarded the Staff Member of the Year gong at the recent Police Scotland Excellence Awards.
Name and job title for the record please?
Kenneth Milne, Criminal Intelligence Analyst for J Division, working in the analyst and performance unit in the Lothian and Scottish Borders.
Nice to meet you, and very cool job title. So how long have you been in the job?
This job since January 2006, attached to the police since 1972.
Wow. What were you doing originally?
Originally I joined as a cadet straight from school, made up to a PC in 1975, and retired from that in 2006, then came into the support staff role
So what does your job as a criminal intelligence analyst entail?
Dealing with crime profiles, problem profiles, nominal profiles, analysis tasks and tactical analysis. Preparing documents for senior management based on how the divisions running and things we might perceive coming up in the future.
And are these skills that you developed in your time as a serving officer?
Yes and no. Obviously the police background is very beneficial based on operational experience, but you get a lot of training in the analyst role to the extent that I now have a diploma in criminal intelligence analysis.
So you were recently honoured with Staff Member of the Year at the recent Excellence Awards. How did that all come about?
I think I’d need to ask my boss that one. My own boss was on maternity leave and they advertised the position to provide cover while she was off, I applied for that and was given the role so I stepped up from being criminal analyst to a coordinator. The role was supposed to be a year but my boss didn’t come back for twenty months, and during that time we had a lot of different changes taking place within the force and within Tactical and Analysis. With staff levels, a lot of people left and the positions weren’t filled which put more pressure on people, and during that time I was also asked to cover Edinburgh for three months till their coordinator came back from sick leave.
During that time, there was feedback from various places as I was heavily involved in the tasking and delivery document we have in place at the moment, and the feedback from my input was very positive. The feedback from the analysts in E (Edinburgh) division was very positive about how we approached things, and my boss decided that what I’d done over that period was more than expected and so put forward the nomination for the award, which for some strange reason was accepted.
So how did it feel to win the award?
Well I’ve worked in the job for so long that to me you just get on and do it, and to me that was all I was doing, which I don’t think was anything special or out of the ordinary, but my boss did. It was strange when I looked at the other nominations I thought that these people had done a lot of good work in relation to terrorism and other areas, and I felt they were more deserving, whereas I was just doing my job.
Admirably modest of you. What would you say to anyone that’s perhaps considering a staff or officer role within Police Scotland?
Well, I was an officer for just short of thirty-one years. You reach a stage, policing wise, that as you grow older, the guys that are younger can run a lot faster than you! I think in hindsight, you can only be a police officer for so long, so you have to move to something else. When I finished my thirty years’ service, I felt I was still too young for retirement, and felt that I had a lot I could give through the experience that I had. When I saw what staff roles were available, I knew that my experience as an officer would be valuable to the job, and I’m still here doing it. It’s in my blood. It’s what I’ve been doing since school.
I think that the job, and methods of detection have changed greatly over the years, but the changes have all been behind the scenes in how we record things and how we do things. To the people in the street, a housebreaking is still a housebreaking. An assault is still an assault. Violence doesn’t change. Crime doesn’t change. I would recommend the job to anyone, whether it be as a staff member or officer. You’ll see a lot of life that you don’t normally experience, and I think your understanding of people and of the world is greatly improved, whether you’re an officer or support staff.