Weekly Roundup - 9th November

Published 09 November 2018

Bravery Awards 2018

Hello, and welcome to the latest edition of Weekly Roundup, bringing you the best in Scottish policing news from the past seven days.

This week we held our annual bravery awards. Amongst those awarded were two police officers who were seriously injured during an incident in Greenock. They spoke for the first time about their ordeal after their outstanding bravery was recognised by colleagues.

The pair, along with seven fellow officers who assisted as the incident unfolded, received bravery awards from Chief Constable Iain Livingstone at a ceremony at the Scottish Police College.

Also awarded were Constable Alasdair Bell and Police Dog Ted. In March 2018 during the extreme weather, a report was received of a vulnerable woman who was missing in East Lothian. After several hours of searching, a decision was made that outdoor searches could not continue due to the adverse weather conditions. Constable Bell and PD Ted continued to search for a further four hours before finding the woman unconscious in the snow. The woman was taken to hospital, where she made a steady recovery.

Also this week, we issued new support and guidance for driving in winter.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams said: “Motorists found the numbering system we were using to indicate the severity of travel warnings confusing, as it didn't directly relate to the weather warnings issued by the Met Office. As a result, we've decided to replace it with a system which is more specific and targeted."

Read our new weather categorisation system here.

Scottish farmers are marked National Rural Crime Day by using a revolutionary new marking system in a bid to tackle the problem of sheep theft.

Drummond Estate near Comrie in Perthshire hosted the launch on November 8th of the TecTracer theft-deterrent system. The system is adapted from technology used to discourage the theft of lead from church roofs, it ingrains thousands of coded microdot markers into each sheep's fleece, making the it easily identifiable.

Elsewhere in Scotland police and fisheries officers have launched a joint operation to tackle the problem of poaching across the North East as part of the innovative Rural Crime & Safety Partnership.

That's it for this week. Stay safe, have a great weekend, and we'll see you again next Friday.

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