We owe you – police honour local achievement

BORDERERS were honoured at the Lothian and Borders Police annual excellence awards ceremony in Edinburgh on Friday.

The prizes to recognise outstanding achievements and commitment of officers, staff and organisations were presented by Lothian and Borders Police Board convener Iain Whyte at the force’s Fettes headquarters .

Borders sergeant Robbie Noble, an officer for 16 years, won the Valued Service Award for his work on the ‘Getting it Right For Every Child’ youth programme.

Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team (TVMRT) and the Border Search and Rescue Unit (BSRU) were honoured, and administration officer Janice Duff also received recognition.

Sgt Noble worked closely with local schools and other agencies in Hawick and Selkirk in the past year to divert young people from crime.

“Eight youths were originally identified to take part in training schemes that influenced positive behaviour and encouraged them to move away from juvenile crime such as truancy and antisocial behaviour.

“The scheme’s success means a further 48 young people have now benefited, ” said a Lothian and Borders Police spokesperson.

The police regularly work alongside award winners TVMRT and BSRU, and both are registered with the Scottish Mountain Rescue Committee and approved by the chief constable as competent bodies.

The spokesperson said: “They bring a wealth of knowledge and specialist equipment to aid with complex search and rescue operations. The dedication of all volunteers involved in search and rescue therefore merits recognition.”

TVMRT leader Chris Chapman said: “I’m very pleased and quite appreciative of the fact that we have had recognition from our own local police force in terms of what we do.”

And BSRU deputy team leader Stuart Fuller-Shapcott said: “The unit is delighted that all the hard work of our volunteers, both at call-outs and at training, has been recognised.”

Hawick’s administration officer Janice Duff worked her way up from clerical assistant at Selkirk in her 34 years with the local police.

“During her tenure, Janice has worked with a number of Divisional Command Teams, who all speak extremely highly of her professionalism, integrity, leadership and self-motivation.

“Janice is regarded as the glue that holds her office together and a much-merited recipient of recognition,” said the spokesperson.

She added: “Awards winners were those who had made significant contributions and were judged to have made best use of innovative techniques, devised new skills and made significant improvements to community wellbeing.”

A local ceremony is expected within the next two weeks to celebrate the Borderers’ achievements.