A FORFAR based Special Constable retired after 19 years of service with the force on Friday.
Robert McLaggan (60), better known as Rab, joined the former Tayside Police on October 23, 1994, and has been a loyal and committed officer with the force ever since.
Rab took to his duty every Friday or Saturday night since he joined, working in the local community and Forfar area.
Over the years Rab has performed hundreds of hours with the force and is well respected in the police, who knew that they could call upon his services, often at short notice, and he would always respond positively.
Rab still works as both a store man and delivery driver during the day.
Most people join the ‘Specials’ to establish whether the job is for them and move on accordingly. However people like Rab are considered to be the “lifeblood” of the Specials by Peter Dickemann, Special co-ordinator.
Rab became a Special Constable wanting to put something back into his local community.
He said: “I have always had an interest in the police force.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as a Special Constable and would recommend it to anyone.
“It is just time for me to call it a day as the young officers seem to be getting younger!”
Sergeant Alan Samson, who has worked with Rab over the years, said: “Rab is one of the more loyal lads, he is very obliging and will be missed both here and in the local area.”
Peter Dickemann said: “Rab will be a great loss to both the organisation and the community but we wish him all the best for the future.
“It is highly commendable for a volunteer to dedicate so much time and support to the police.”
The new Police Force in Scotland hope to recruit more Specials for the foreseeable future.
Peter welcomes applications from anyone interested but particularly people with local knowledge.
The Special Constabulary is an effective means in which local communities can be represented within the police service. As a fully trained volunteer with police powers, you can add real value by supporting the regular police service.
It is important that Special Constables are of the same standard as that expected of regular officers. Public satisfaction, public confidence and community engagement are all critical aspects of the service delivery of Police Scotland.
The revised selection process for Special Constables reflects the importance of ensuring that the Special Constabulary continues to consolidate its status as a reliable, trusted and integrated part of Police Scotland’s strategic and operational deployment plans.
r For further information on becoming a Special Constable you can telephone Peter Dickemann on 01382 596227 or visit www.scotland.police.uk/recruitment