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We are delighted to have appointed Fiona Dalziel as our Development Officer who will now assist the Board in moving the project ahead. Through securing a contract through competitive commissioning for services from Orkney Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, we now have a Development Officer in post who will assist in moving the project ahead.  In addition, Community Planning partners, Scottish Fire and Rescue Services have generously provided us with office accommodation.

Chairman of the Group, Andrew Drever, said Fiona’s appointment was secured through a successful application following competitive tendering from Orkney Alcohol and Drugs Partnership and we are grateful to them for their support at this crucial point in our project. Our members are looking forward to working with Fiona and to moving the project to the next stage of appointing a Handler and to finding a suitable Drugs Dog.”

Gail Anderson who has since stood down as Chair of Orkney alcohol & Drugs Partnership (OADP) said “Orkney Alcohol & Drugs Partnership undertook a round of competitive commissioning for services and projects to meet the local outcomes set by the OADP.  Following on from the process the Orkney Drugs Dog project was successful in securing a tender to deliver against the local outcome of ‘reducing the supply of illicit drugs in the community’ which is a priority area of work for the OADP going forward.  The OADP looks forward to working with the Orkney Drugs Dog project and wishes them success with their venture”.

Fiona comes with a wealth of experience, including from both the commercial and voluntary sector, having worked within Operational Development with Shell, Virgin Media, and the Scout Association.  Fiona is also involved with Girlguiding on a voluntary basis, at a local and national level.

Andrew continued, “We are indebted to Scottish Fire and Rescue Services for their support and generous offer of office accommodation at Kirkwall Fire Station.  As a charity starting up, we have already been overwhelmed by the generosity of public and business support and are further encouraged and grateful to the Service’s Local Senior Officer, Iain Macleod and District Manager John McKenna for accommodating us within their office space.  With Fiona now in post, she will be working alongside us to progress our aims of securing a Handler and Drug Detection Dog in the near future.”

John McKenna said “Scottish Fire and Rescue Services is delighted to be able to assist with the allocation of office space within our Orkney District Office to Orkney Drugs Dog Charity.

We enter into this as part of the wider Community Planning Partnership Framework for Orkney Islands and this venture clearly links to the principles and aims of the Orkney Islands Partnership Property Asset Management Future Property Sharing Protocol.

Community Safety is a key driver for the SFRS and the ODDC will play a significant role in making the communities of the Orkney Islands safer, therefore, this is a natural process to be involved in.

We wish all those involved in the work of ODDC every success in the future.”

Another step forward to “Keeping Orkney Safe for Future Generations”

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