Public and Police recognised in Tayside Divisional Commander’s Awards

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Police Scotland officers, staff and members of the public have been honoured at a Tayside Divisional Commander’s Awards Ceremony held on Friday 28 August 2016.

Tayside Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith presented the awards, accompanied by Chief Constable Sir Stephen House and Perth and Kinross Councillor Douglas Pover to the recipients.

Among those honoured in the awards were 35 police officers, one special constable and 15 members of the public.

The awards were in recognition of their outstanding performance, commitment, community spirit and professionalism or in recognition of their performance above and beyond the call of duty.

A wide variety of deeds were acknowledged during the event including:

Ten men and women who protected two young children aged 6 and 7 within a shop when a violent individual entered. The emergency services were successfully contacted and the children themselves acted with great courage during the incident.

A 17-year-old boy who showed quick-thinking and determination when he rescued his unconscious grandfather from the water during a serious accident on a boating trip.

An 11-year-old boy who saved his 7-month-old brother from choking by using vital first aid learned at a Safetaysiders event.

A police officer who has reached out to Central and Eastern European communities to significantly improve communications by developing and maintaining a dedicated facebook page on social media which has been internationally recognised.

A man and an off-duty police officer who acted with great bravery when they saved the life of a man who was intent on committing suicide.

There was also recognition of the commitment shown by number of individual police officers including a special constable, who on separate occasions have dealt with particularly violent and aggressive individuals, whom in each case, had made serious and immediate threats to life.

Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith, Tayside Division said: “I am proud and privileged to be Divisional Commander for Tayside in an area where there is such fantastic community spirit. I’m inspired by the women, men and children who have acted courageously in some very difficult circumstances.

“It is only right that the achievements of members of the public, police officers and police staff are recognised and I have been honoured to present the Tayside Divisional Commander’s Awards today to celebrate their bravery and professionalism. I would like to thank them for showing such commitment to the well-being of others and we should all be very proud to have such caring and selfless individuals in our community.”