Coatbridge police officers honoured at awards for saving suicidal man’s life
A quartet of fearless officers from Coatbridge were recognised for their heroic acts of courage at the Scottish Police Federation Bravery Awards. The fourth annual ceremony celebrated the bravery of 22 cops at a prestigious event held in Edinburgh’s Macdonald Holyrood Hotel. Coatbridge’s fearless four, Sergeant Mark Chivers and constables Neil McBain, Chris Mains and Darren Connor, were presented with their award in recognition of their incredible efforts to save the life of a man who was intent on throwing himself out of the window of a 12th floor flat. The incident took place in July and the officers responded to multiple calls from the public to say that a clearly agitated man was attempting to jump from the high-rise tower block.
Police officer from Greenock has been honoured for his role in saving the life of a man
Sergeant Iain Farmer has won a Scottish Police Federation bravery award for leading his colleagues in treacherous conditions to save the life of a 20-year-old man. The man who had jumped into the River Irvine and was rescued by Iain and his fellow officers. Sergeant Farmer, who has 13 years of service with Police Scotland and is based at Kilmarnock, said: “It was imperative to get the man out of the water.
Hero Stirling policeman honoured for bravery during court attack
A courageous cop from Stirling was recognised for his acts of fearlessness at the Scottish Police Federation Bravery Awards last week. Constable Gregor Cameron won his award for assisting a security officer who was attacked by a man she was escorting from his court hearing. The incident took place in December of last year at Stirling Sheriff Court. The man was being taken from the courtroom to the cells by a female security officer. As they passed the main entrance the man started to drag her towards the door and lashing out at her.
‘Completely unacceptable’ forensic response to rape
Many victims of sexual crime in Scotland had to wait over 24 hours for a forensic examination and were often examined by males, an inspection has found. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) published a report on Monday (December 3) revealing that “limited progress” has been made in moving forensic examinations to medical environments. Rape Crisis Scotland criticised the lack of improvement and noted that this means many victims are forced to wait long periods before they can wash.
Irvine police launch festive campaign to highlight dire consequences of drink driving
Police converged in Irvine town centre at the weekend to highlight some home truths to would-be drink drivers this festive season. Ayrshire Police launched their festive drink-drive awareness and enforcement campaign from the the Bridgegate on Saturday to highlight the criminal and personal consequences of being found guilty of drink-driving. Chief Inspector Colin Convery, area commander in North Ayrshire, said: “Throughout the festive season officers across Ayrshire will be working with our partners in local communities to raise awareness on ways of keeping safe while still enjoying everything Christmas and New Year has to offer.
Clutha helicopter crash fatal accident inquiry to begin next year
A fatal accident inquiry into the Clutha helicopter crash which claimed 10 lives will begin in April, it has been confirmed. Seven customers, the pilot and two officers onboard were killed when the Police Scotland helicopter crashed on to the roof of the Glasgow pub on November 29, 2013. The latest preliminary hearing was told the full fatal accident inquiry (FAI) will begin on April 8 2019 at Hampden Park.