The old(er) bill! Spe­cial con­sta­ble cel­e­brates 52 YEARS on the beat

Scottish Daily Mail - - Life - By Amelia Clarke

‘Many friends in the force’

IT was the year in which Scot­land be­came un­of­fi­cial World Cup win­ners af­ter beat­ing the cham­pi­ons Eng­land at Wem­b­ley.

The Bea­tles re­leased their leg­endary Sgt Pep­per’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Celtic won the Euro­pean Cup – and Hugh Dun­can joined the po­lice as a vol­un­teer.

Now Mr Dun­can – Scot­land’s long­est-serv­ing spe­cial con­sta­ble – has been hon­oured for his 52 years of ded­i­ca­tion to the force.

And at 73, the farmer said he does not see him­self giv­ing up his po­si­tion any time soon.

Mr Dun­can – af­fec­tion­ately known through­out his beat as ‘Gran­dad’ – was pre­sented with a long ser­vice cer­tifi­cate and award by as­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble John Hawkins at Aberdeen’s po­lice HQ on Tues­day.

Hav­ing joined the po­lice as a vol­un­teer, Mr Dun­can, from Aber­chirder, Aberdeen­shire, is seen as a stalwart of the UK’s 12,000strong spe­cial con­stab­u­lary.

Bal­anc­ing his po­lice du­ties in the Banff district with his day job, Mr Dun­can brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and lo­cal knowl­edge to his lo­cal community polic­ing team, help­ing them to stay safe.

Al­though the badge on his uni­form may have changed sev­eral times over the decades, his com­mit­ment to serv­ing the community has cer­tainly not wavered.

He said: ‘When I started as a spe­cial con­sta­ble, you were rid­ing shot­gun with the reg­u­lar of­fi­cers, but the role has evolved and today we are much more in­volved in polic­ing – we can drive po­lice cars, use the po­lice com­put­ers, and we at­tend the full range of po­lice work from at­tend­ing road ac­ci­dents to as­sist­ing at events.

‘Dur­ing my time as a spe­cial con­sta­ble I have met a great num­ber of peo­ple and have many friends in the force.

‘Life as a spe­cial con­sta­ble is en­tirely dif­fer­ent from deal­ing with life “down on the farm”, and one which I greatly en­joy.

‘I would rec­om­mend join­ing up to any­one in­ter­ested in meet­ing and help­ing peo­ple.’

He added: ‘When I feel I’m no longer fit for the job I’ll step down, but I’m not at that stage yet.’

Mr Dun­can was awarded the Queen’s Po­lice Medal in the 2012 New Year’s hon­ours list.

Mr Hawkins was de­lighted to hand over Mr Dun­can’s lat­est award at Tues­day’s cer­e­mony.

He said: ‘Fifty-two years of serv­ing his lo­cal community is an in­cred­i­ble achieve­ment, and to say he is an as­set to Scot­tish polic­ing would be an un­der­state­ment.

‘He leads by ex­am­ple, is in­cred­i­bly highly re­spected by all the of­fi­cers he has worked with, and is thought of ex­tremely highly by the community he serves.’

Cer­e­mony: Hugh Dun­can

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