Police Scotland welcomes new face Braemar

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Following a popular poll on social media sites, Police Scotland has announced the name of its newest recruit - Braemar.

The public were asked over the festive period to have their say on the Police Scotland Facebook and Twitter pages with regard to choosing a name for the force’s new horse.

Voters could choose between Aberdeen, Balmoral or Braemar and it was the Royal Deeside community which came out on top when the winning name was announced online on New Year’s Day.

Inspector Jennifer Aird, Police Scotland Operational Support Division, Dog & Mounted Branch, said: “It is a tradition to name our horses after a Scottish town or city.

‘‘Police Scotland was looking for a new name from the North-east as we have most other regions covered.

“Braemar, Aberdeen and Balmoral were the three names we picked out for our Irish bred bay mare.”

Police Scotland thanked all those who shared their opinion as they announced Braemar as the winner with a massive 76% of the votes.

On completion of her training as a police horse, Braemar will be deployed across the country in support of other police resources, including assisting operations at sporting events, locally- led initiatives and missing person searches.

Alternative suggestions for a suitable name were put forward by Facebook and Twitter users. The most popular seemed to be Clutha - a tribute to those affected by Glasgow’s Clutha Bar helicopter tragedy.

Stephen Barnett commented on the Police Scotland Facebook post: “Why not Clutha? In honour of those lost in last year’s tragedy?”

Others disagreed with Clutha as a suggestion, with Isobel Wood saying: “Not fair for such a beautiful horse to be saddled with any name relating to a tragedy!”

Voters for Braemar included Lorna Syme, who said: “Braemar, she’s an Irish bred ‘bay mare’ - it’s nearly an anagram.”

Jeanette Speirs added: “Braemar. I think people tend to forget the police deal with a lot of tragedies on a daily

basis , each one painful for people involved . Better keep to tradition rather than naming after tragedies.”

Beccy Wilson said: “Braemar - because she’s a bay mare!”

Balmoral proved a strong contender and, with support split between Clutha and Braemar, the Granite City was overlooked by voters.