Dozens of awards have been handed out at a ceremony recognising the bravery and excellence of police officers, force dogs and members of the public.
Held as a joint event for the first time, senior officers, politicians and family members attended the Chief Constable’s Bravery and Excellence Awards at Police Scotland’s headquarters in Tulliallan on Friday.
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone presented 29 bravery awards to 34 officers, 24 members of the public and two police dogs.
Pc Paul O’Donnell and police dog Remo were among those recognised for an incident in which they were attacked while on duty in Ayrshire.
The man they traced hit them both in the face with a metal pole and bit the dog’s ear, but despite their injuries they were able to restrain him until fellow officers helped make the arrest.
Police staff member Alan Rae was delivering a driving course to officers in Aberdeen when an empty van began to roll backwards down a hill, towards university and mosque buildings.
He was honoured with an award at Friday’s ceremony after catching up to the moving vehicle, getting inside and stopping it – preventing a potentially serious incident.
Member of the public Elizabeth Hutchison was recognised for helping a woman in a distressed condition on a bridge who was threatening to jump off.
The woman had been walking without shoes in torrential rain, and Ms Hutchison was able to alert police and restrain her when she tried to run off.
The Major Investigation Team in the west was awarded the Chief Constable’s Award, as well as being named joint winners of team of the year with Skye and Lochalsh Policing Team.
Mr Livingstone said: “Policing is a challenging and rewarding vocation which unites us through a shared sense of public service, and I hear every day about the work of professional and compassionate people who are dedicated to improving the lives of their fellow citizens.
“I believe this to be the single most important thing we must all remember as police officers and staff: we are there to serve the public. We are the public and the public are the police.
“Therefore, it is absolutely right and proper for the dedication of our officers and staff to be publicly acknowledged, and at the same time commend members of the public for the selfless acts of bravery and courage which have made a significant contribution to others and their communities.
“I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all our winners and nominees today and thank them all for their efforts.”
The Policing Partner of the Year award was presented to Sarah Finnegan from Barnardo’s for the Rise Project.
The two-year pilot in Dundee and Aberdeen is designed to help prevent and tackle child sexual exploitation.
Police Officer of the Year was named as Inspector Kieran Dougal from City of Edinburgh Division.
After transferring into community policing, he was recognised for making an immediate impact by taking ownership of key problems in the area including road safety, hate crime, theft and domestic abuse.
Police Scotland’s Unsung Hero was named as Detective Constable Iain McKinlay from Greater Glasgow Division.
Mr McKinlay investigates vehicle crime and has established partnerships within the UK and abroad to identify organised crime groups involved in car theft.
David Crichton, vice-chairman of the Scottish Police Authority, said: “We know our officers and staff are undertaking courageous, innovative and high quality work in the communities of Scotland.
“Today’s award ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate just a few of the selfless acts which help keep the citizens of Scotland safer.
“It is also an opportunity to recognise those members of the public who have helped us in that task.
“Congratulations to all today’s winners and to all those who were nominated for awards.”