Banchory officer takes top prize

Jody Falconer
Jody Falconer

The work of one of Grampian Police’s newest young officers from Banchory has been acknowledged at the Grampian Police Excellence Awards.

The awards ceremony, which is held annually, recognises the achievements of staff, teams and departments.

Speaking about the event, Chief Constable Colin McKerracher said: “This event is always a pleasure to be involved in and is one of the highlights of the Force’s calendar.

“Now in its seventh and final year, the Excellence Awards gives our organisation the opportunity to publicly celebrate our successes.”

PC Jody Falconer (30), who attended Albyn School, Aberdeen, was a joint recipient of the Force’s prestigious Ian Tennant Memorial Probationer of the Year award, which is given to the most outstanding student officer.

Jody Falconer began her career with Grampian Police in March 2010 and is currently based in Aberdeenshire Division, serving the Banchory Local Policing Team.

She was recognised for the considerable commitment, drive and determination shown from the outset of her career. She leads by example and is described as an excellent role model for her peers.

She has also excelled in all areas of physical fitness and while at the Scottish Police College, she was awarded the Lyall Heggie Trophy for outstanding female fitness.

Speaking about her award PC Falconer said: “I’m thrilled to have received this award, I really enjoy my work and I’ve really enjoyed the training to become a police officer.

“I always aim to do my best and I’m very much looking forward to continuing my career with the Force.

“I was inspired to join Grampian Police as becoming a Police Officer was one of the few careers offering such vast variety in terms of work,

“I also saw it as an opportunity to work for an organisation that endeavours to serve the area I grew up in.”

Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren, Divisional Commander for Aberdeenshire Division said: “I am delighted that Jody’s outstanding skills have been recognised and she was joint recipient of this year’s Probationer of the Year award.

“Jody is an enthusiastic officer, who has a strong desire to learn and has shown excellent leadership skills throughout her career so far.

“I have no doubt that Jody has a great career ahead of her and I would like to wish her every success.”

The Excellence Awards were held at the Rox Hotel, Aberdeen on Friday, September 28.