SPOTLIGHT ON - SHAP MEMBERSHIP
SGT. Anna Boyd, Police Scotland
Anna Boyd, Police Sergeant, Annandale and Eskdale Community Policing Unit. (CPU). My Office is in Annan however I cover the Police Stations at Moffat, Lockerbie, Annan, Gretna and Langholm.
How long have you been in post?
I have been a Police Officer for 12 years and in my current role in the Community Policing Unit for 15 months.
Tell me about your role and day to day duties and responsibilities.
My day to day duties and responsibilities involve a big balancing act however first and foremost I am a Police Officer and our aim is to ‘keep people safe’.Divisionally we have priorities which focus around tackling anti-social behaviour, substance misuse, protecting people, reducing violence, making our roads safer, and tackling serious and organised crime and terrorism. In my role as in the Community Policing unit we are keen to make the Police as approachable and accessible as possible to all.I have a great team of 7 Officers who are able to focus on specific beat areas and interact with their communities on a daily basis. My team tends to look at trends that may be developing, whether that be a social issue that the Police can help resolve or a crime trend which can be tackled.They are also always on hand to respond to ongoing incidents.
What motivates you most about your job?
I decided I wanted to be a Police Officer when I was about 15 and to be honest my feelings haven’t changed since.I love the variety of work and challenges that are presented on daily basis. Community Policing allows you to have a bigger impact on communities and it’s great to see everyone happy to say hello to Officers as they walk down the street.
What has given you most satisfaction at work recently?
The 6 month summer period was one of the more challenging times, however by the end of August we had successfully policed 6 local Galas, numerous football games, The Eden Festival, Youth Beatz and even put in an appearance at The World Gold Panning Championships in Moffat.To reach the end of that stretch of events without any significant hiccups was great!What is the most challenging aspect of your job?
The world changes every day and that presents new challenges. Internet crime has increased significantly in the last 10 years and keeping up to date with scams and how to investigate internet based crime is challenging.
What have you done previously (in terms of jobs and skills) which supports you in your current work?
During my Policing career I have working in a number of different locations, all of which are unique and have helped build my understanding of how to Police. I spent two years working in the cells complex at Dumfries as a Custody Sergeant which was a good opportunity to see the overall picture of people’s lives and not just the crime they have allegedly committed.
How long have you been involved with SHAP?
15 months, I was aware of the existence of SHAP before I moved to Community Policing however had not been directly involved.
What do you consider to be the benefits of being a member of SHAP?
The partnership working.It’s great to be able to have easy access to other people’s views and opinions.It is easy to get wrapped up in your own world and sometimes just being able to bounce ideas or have a conversation with a professional from another organisation can get things flowing in the right direction.
How have you been involved in SHAP?
I am a member of a number of the sub groups but have had most involvement in the Big World project in our local secondary schools.
Do you have any suggestions for ways in which SHAP can work differently?
Time is the most valuable aspect of life.Working smart so as we can have the biggest positive effect timeously is key.
What are your hobbies and interests outside work?
I love travelling and have been lucky enough to visit some fantastic places around the world. Any opportunity and I am on a plane heading somewhere!