THE Borders division’s police probationer of the year is Steven Irvine, writes Sally Gillespie.
Acting chief superintendent Murdo Maciver presented the constable with his award at Hawick police station on Tuesday.
And his bosses praised the work of the Galashiels officer who is also up for a meritorious award.
PC Irvine’s section inspector Mike Wynne said: “This officer enthuses the utmost professionalism in every task he has been assigned to.
“Having 28 years service, I am unable to identify any other probationer in my time who has shown the commitment and work ethos portrayed by PC Irvine.”
The constable’s team sergeant, Kevin Storey, said: “In my 24 years service, I can honestly say that constable Irvine is the most outstanding probationary officer I have had the pleasure to work with. His enthusiasm, commitment and dedication to the job are outstanding. He is a credit to the force and displays the service in a positive light at all times.”
The summary presented to police bosses choosing the probationer of the year said constable Irvine showed good skills at calming situations but could also use the appropriate levels of assertiveness.
It said the performance of the former youth justice worker for Scottish Borders Council’s social work department at police college had been outstanding.
It noted he had put together an initiative to tackle drugs misuse in public toilets in Galashiels and came up with another intiative to counter shoplifting in the town which shopkeepers had praised.
He is also up for a meritorious award for his work with a man attempting suicide from a bridge at Selkirk.
A former SBC community safety officer, PC Irvine, of Hawick, has worked in Galashiels since joining the police service in February 2008 and he has submitted 130 police reports and achieved a crime solving rate of 81 per cent.