A SPECIAL Constable from Montrose received a top award at a Tayside Police Excellence Awards Ceremony held at Eastern Divisional Headquarters in Forfar on Thursday evening.
Richard Martin received the Special Constable of the Year Award in recognition of the continued outstanding contribution he has made to Angus and, in particular, the communities of Montrose Section.
His involvement in crime prevention through a number of initiatives, his continuing commitment to high visibility policing and engaging with our communities help us make Angus a safe place to work, live and visit.
Other recipients, who received their awards from Superintendent Kevin Lynch and Councillor Ian Mackintosh were as follows:-
Crime investigation: to the Chan Wright Enquiry Team in recognition of a high quality investigation and the commitment of the officers involved which led to the conviction of Chan Wright for several serious violent and sexual offences.
This was a difficult, protracted and demanding enquiry which, through the tenacity and professionalism of the enquiry team, brought this dangerous individual to justice.
Police officer of the year: to Constable Gail Hill in recognition of the tremendous contribution she has made to the community of Arbroath.
Her commitment to all aspects of local life in the town, from tackling anti-social behaviour to child protection, working with schools and diversionary activities for young people, has had a significant impact on the prevention and detection of crime in the area.
Constable Hill’s good work has led to her being highly regarded by the community she serves and by partner agencies and she is seen as a positive role model for young people in Arbroath.
Police staff member of the year: to Wanda Gove in recognition of the excellent work she has undertaken to improve the road safety of all members of the community.
Wanda is a tremendous proponent of road safety and, through a number of ongoing successful initiatives such as Safe Drive, Stay Alive and the Junior Road Safety Officers, she has made an important contribution to our communities.
Leadership: to Craig Mitchell in recognition of the leadership and support he has provided, both to the staff he manages and to staff in other areas.
He has improved the quality of service provided throughout Angus and constantly strives to find efficiency savings to enable the Division to improve its performance.
Outstanding team: to the divisional administration team in recognition of the hard work, flexibility and dedication of the team members who, despite losing a number of colleagues through voluntary redundancy/early retirement, have continued to provide a high standard of service and support to operational policing whilst striving to find more efficient methods to improve the service still further.
Partnership: to Detective Sergeant Fraser Mitchell in recognition of his ongoing commitment to child protection and partnership working in Angus.
DS Mitchell is highly respected by all our key partner agencies and is seen as an expert in child protection.
He dedicates himself to ensuring we all work together for the best interests of the vulnerable members of our community.
The annual Excellence Awards provide a corporate framework for the force to recognise, acknowledge and reward the exceptional contribution of individuals and teams who have shown innovation, creativity and sustained commitment to the force.
Nominations are invited from all Tayside Police staff, SPSA staff and members of our partner agencies.
The nominations are then judged by the Divisional Command Teams and winners selected for each category.
The winners from each division are automatically entered into the Force Excellence Awards and a panel, chaired by the Tayside Joint Police Board Convener, will select the winner and two runners-up in each category.
The overall winners will be announced at a ceremony later in the year.