999 trio feature on New Year honours list

Fife Constabulary Chief Constable Andrew Barker spent much of his career in Central Scotland
Fife Constabulary Chief Constable Andrew Barker spent much of his career in Central Scotland
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Three men involved with the emergency services have received accolades in the New Year Honours.

Andrew Barker, who spent much of his career with Central Scotland Police and now heads Fife Constabulary, was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal, while Chief Inspector Kevin Findlater receives an OBE.

Robert Cooper, of Falkirk, is honoured with an MBE for his former role as the co-ordinator of Penicuik First Responders.

Chief Constable Barker (50), is a former pupil of Grangemouth High School and joined the Central Scotland force in 1981. He held a number of roles before being sponsored to study for a law degree at Glasgow University, graduating in 1989.

For the next 20 years, he rose through the ranks eventually becoming a chief superintendent. In March 2009 he was appointed assistant chief constable in Fife, becoming depute in November 2010.

In August last year he was named chief constable with a responsibility for the leadership and management of 1600 people and a budget of £64 million.

Mr Barker still lives in the Falkirk area and is due to retire in April when the new single police force for Scotland comes into operation.

Chief Inspector Findlater is awarded the OBE for services to the environment and in particular, the community in Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park where he had responsibility for operations to clampdown down on crime and in particular, anti-social behaviour.