Angus trading standards department has been honoured at the first Scottish Policing Awards for their work to fight off doorstep crime.
The commended award in the category of public reassurance and community safety was given to Tayside Police Eastern Division and Partners, which includes Neighbourhood Watch, Angus social work and health, and Angus care and repair together with the trading standards service .
The gong was a culmination of four years of partnership working on the Doorstoppers initiative.
Senior trading standards officer Brian Smith said: ‘This initiative has shown how tremendously successful partnership working can be and it is great for it to receive this kind of recognition.
'As part of the project we have trained the partner agencies to understand the modus operandi of rogues which has enabled a much wider and efficient approach to the problem.
‘Underreporting of doorstep crime remains a problem but thanks to this joint approach we are gathering more and more intelligence which is helping us deal with the perpetrators.
‘It is important to realise that there is a serious and organised crime element to doorstep crime and that criminals operate across borders
‘We hope other authorities will look at the Angus Model, both to protect their residents and raise the profile of the trading standards service.’