FOUR Ross-shire police officers, who have all worked for more than 20 years with Northern Constabulary, were recognised this week for their long service and good conduct.
The Central Division officers received their prestigious medals from Chief Constable George Graham at a ceremony at force HQ in Inverness.
The Ross-shire recipients included Sergeant Alicen Winston who joined the force in 1992 and moved to the Alness station earlier this year.
Sergeant Winston is a fully trained family liaison officer, providing support to families in the wake of traumatic incidents. She successfully completed the Police Diploma in February 2012 and will be promoted to Detective Sergeant within the Public Protection Unit in Dingwall when she receives her start date.
Also recognised was Sergeant Les Davidson, who is currently based in Ullapool and joined the force in September 1991. He has served in Alness, Stromness, Kirkwall, Inverness and Nairn and was promoted to Sergeant in September 2006.
Another recipient, PC George Ewing, is stationed in Alness and joined Northern Constabulary in January 1992 after transferring from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary at Dounreay. He has been stationed at Alness/Evanton since 2008 and his other postings include Fort William, Castletown, HQ and Wick. He successfully completed the Police Diploma in February this year and is also a trained Wildlife Crime officer and Search officer.
Also receiving his medal was PC Duncan Carmichael who joined the force in September 1991. Duncan has been stationed in Alness since March 2009 and is currently Acting Detective Sergeant, Crime Manager in Dingwall. He has also served as a Crime Prevention officer in Inverness and had spells in Dunvegan and HQ. He received a Divisional Commendation in December 1995.
Many of the officers, who were joined by recipients from other divisions, were accompanied by their families at the ceremony.
The Chief Constable thanked each officer individually for their "significant contribution to policing in the Highlands and Islands," and praised them and their families for their commitment, which he said was shared due to the nature of policing and the impact it can have on family life.
Mr Graham said: "Being a police officer is far more than just a job as officers put themselves at danger, are always ‘on duty’, work all sorts of unsociable hours and commit themselves to making communities better.
"In handing out these medals it is also important to recognise and thank officer’s families who support and give so much over the years. These medals are not handed out to every officer and as well as recognising long service it also highlights an officer’s exemplary conduct during their time in service."