Police chief honours officers

PC Walter Millar, South Queensferry
PC Walter Millar, South Queensferry

Queensferry constable Walter Millar, along with three colleagues received the Chief Constables commendation on Monday.

The ceremony, held at the Scottish Police College bestowed bravery awards on all four officers for their part in disarming a violent offender.

Late one evening in December, the four PCs were called to an incident in South Queensferry. A male who had been “buzzing” gas from an aerosol canister was in possession of a Samurai sword causing damage to property and threatening members of the public.

The officers approached the male and ordered him to stop and put down his weapons.

The man ignored them, and after several attempts to calm the situation, the officers then used CS spray, which amazingly, had no effect.

Approaching the male again, who had finally discarded the sword but had become extremely violent, he then resisted arrest. The situation was not made any easier as several bystanders tried to intervene to prevent the man being arrested.

While officers eventually began to bring the man under control he was also found to be in possession of a pair of scissors.

The commendation read: “Constables Donoghue, Palin, Millar and one of their colleagues demonstrated sound judgement, teamwork and excellent communication skills in apprehending an extremely violent and volatile offender. They remained calm and controlled under pressure and their actions have now been recognised.”

Sir Stephen House said: “This was a special day for Police Scotland, our first bravery and meritorious awards since our inception and show what a wide range of individuals are doing to help us achieve our aim of keeping people safe.

“Each of the officers and members of police staff who received an award has shown a great deal of bravery, courage, tenacity and determination. They are a real credit to the Service but also to their colleagues, families and communities.

“Police Scotland officers often find themselves in situations as part of their duty where where they are expected to go above and beyond what would normally be expected. It is important that we do take the time to recognise when our officers and staff go the extra mile to keep people safe.

PC Millar, who has been based in Queensferry for two years said: “This was certainly an unusual call, in that it’s not often we’re asked to apprehend a male swinging a samurai sword around, which, in fairness, is fairly unusual for the town.

“No matter how difficult or dangerous the task, the public, quite rightly expect police officers to deal with whatever is thrown at them, and, wherever possible to keep them safe.

“On this occassion, myself and my colleagues only did what was expected of us - thankfully there was a succesfull outcome and nobody was injured.”