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New Year honours list, Lothian and Borders Police

posted 1 Jan 2009, 01:42 by myEdinburgh Admin   [ updated 1 Jan 2009, 01:45 ]

Officers honoured for outstanding contribution to policing

Two long-serving Lothian and Borders Police officers have been honoured for their services to policing in the New Year honours list.

Former Chief Superintendent George Simpson and Special Constable Keith Brough have both received awards in recognition of the outstanding contribution they have made during their respective careers.

Mr Simpson, (52), who retired in May this year, was awarded the Queen's Police Medal following a 30-year career with Lothian and Borders Police, culminating in his role as Divisional Commander in the City of Edinburgh, which he held from 2006.

Over the course of his service Mr Simpson was credited with developing closer links between uniformed officers and detectives during his time as head of CID in the Borders.

On his promotion to Divisional Commander in Edinburgh, his leadership was crucial in developing the Capital Partnership Model, which saw the police, council and other partners combine resources to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour in the Capital.

Commenting upon his award, Mr Simpson said: 'I am overwhelmed and delighted to be recognised in this way, and I appreciate all the calls I have received from well-wishers congratulating me.

'At the same time I would like to add that what I achieved during my service could not have been achieved, if it wasn't for the hard work and commitment of the many talented individuals who I had the pleasure of working alongside over 30 years.'

Special Constable Keith Brough, (53), has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his 19 years spent working in communities in and around Newcastleton and Hawick.

Over the years he has developed strong links with local residents, and has proved a reassuring figure in the communities in which he has served.

Mr Brough said that he is looking forward to travelling to Buckingham Palace to receive his award.

He added: 'I was very humbled but very proud that people would think me deserving of such an award, and I'd like to thank the people in the communities I work for, as well as fellow officers and colleagues in Lothian and Borders Police.'

Source: Lothian and Borders Police