Grampian Police Deputy Chief Constable Colin Menzies has been awarded the Queen’s Police Medal.
Mr Menzies has served with Grampian Police since 1982 - including successful stints at Peterhead - and his work over the last three decades has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Born in Dundee and educated at Montrose Academy, Colin joined Grampian Police in 1982 and has served all his career in uniform in the North East.
He initially served as a Constable in Aberdeen City Centre and has risen through the ranks to his current role as Deputy Chief Constable.
He is perhaps best known locally for his work in road casualty reduction where he introduced young driver training in Grampian, and supporting the continuing development of the Special Constabulary in Scotland.
Alongside his duties he has participated locally and nationally in sport notably in basketball, cycling and football and to support local causes through his role as a trustee of the Diced Cap Charitable Trust.
Colin is a graduate of the UK Strategic Command Course, where he has also served as a Syndicate Director, and holds an MSc in Police Leadership and Management which he uses to support the development of others inside and outside the police service.
In 2011 Colin was accepted as a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen.
On learning of his award Colin said: “I am grateful to those who nominated me and regard this recognition is very much one for the whole Force. It is a further endorsement of the professional, personalised local policing that we provide here in the North East.”