Local project scoops excellence award

Officers from Motherwell and Wishaw's community policing teams have been praised at the Scottish Policing Excellence Awards.

The awards recognise officers for their commitment and inspirational work.

Local officers received an award for Greatest Contribution to Policing Priorities for their You’re Asking For It project, which aims to tackle the supply of alcohol to young people through adult proxy purchasing.

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Their work, in conjunction with the Scottish Government Alcohol Industry Partnership, led to a 20 per cent reduction in street drinking offences along with the detection of 88 licensing offences.

The awards were open to all police officers and members of staff of any rank or grade.

Nominees were put forward by colleagues and peers as a reflection of their hard work, commitment and efforts in promoting the ethos and values of Police Scotland.

Each category was whittled down to a three person shortlist, with all the finalists invited to the ceremony.

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Chief Constable Phil Gormley, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson, SPA Chair Andrew Flanagan and Police Mutual Finance Director Ian Cordwell presented the awards at the event held at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan.

The Chief Constable said: “It was an honour and privilege to meet both the winners and nominees.

“The sheer breadth and scope of work being undertaken by officers and staff across Scotland, around the clock, with one focus – the safety of our communities – is truly inspiring.

“The officers and staff should be proud of their efforts – and the public should take pride in the work of the police service in their communities.

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“These awards are in recognition of the tremendous dedication and contribution to public service from our officers, our staff and our volunteers.”

Mr Flanagan added: “The most valuable asset in Scottish policing is, without a doubt, its people.

“Police Scotland and the SPA have a highly motivated and committed workforce.

“We are in no doubt that the loyalty and flexibility shown by our officers and staff in the last three years has been the biggest contributor to the continuing quality of service delivered to our communities.”