The Scottish Police Federation represents all police officers in the ranks of constable, sergeant, inspector and chief inspector, police cadets and special constables; over 18,500 people, 98% of all police officers in Scotland.
SWDF Award Ceremony 2014
Each and every day our members put all their efforts into policing their local neighbourhoods, making communities feel safe, ensuring public events are safe for the public and working behind the scenes to make policing in Scotland a success.
Today the SWDF recognised a small number of those people and the SPF was delighted to be invited to attend the ceremony and celebrate with these individuals.
The Equality Secretary, Jackie Muller, attended and spoke with delegates and award winners, congratulating them on their achievements. Award winners were as follows:
Police Constable of the Year Award
Winner: Constable Lynn Black
Highly Commended: Constable Rhona Meikle
Special Constable of the Year
Winner: Special Constable Cheryl Bryce
Highly Commended: Special Constable Brogan Keddie
Winner: Detective Inspector Donna MacLean
Highly Commended: Chief Inspector Jill Harper
Winner: Aileen Reid
Highly Commended: Sammy Keith, Police Scotland Youth Volunteers
Constable Michelle Grant
Excellence in Performance Award
Winner: Inspector Deborah Barton
Highly Commended: Detective Inspector Donna MacLean
Community Service Award
Winner: Sergeant Sandra Williams
Highly Commended: Constable Lynn Black
Police Staff Member of the Year
Winner: Gillian Nicolson
Highly Commended: Aileen Reid
The SPF recognises the benefit of an organisation that reflects the diversity of its membership and all the additional skills and benefits that will bring. It is therefore undertaking a programme of positive action under the Equality Act 2010 hoping to encourage more officers from under-represented groups to seek nomination for positions as elected representatives. Jackie spoke with many of the attendees at today’s event and invited them to find out more about the role
Individuals interested in finding out more about what the SPF does for its membership and policing in Scotland are welcome to contact the Equality Secretary direct at Jackie.email@example.com and learn more about the role of the Federation representative.
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