Former Blue Toon bobby retires from the force

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A BOBBY who pounded the Blue Toon beat many years ago is retiring after more than 35 years service.

Superintendent Iain McGrory joined as a Constable in January 1976 and prior to this he was a Police Cadet having firstly joined the Scottish North Eastern Counties Constabulary, in July 1974.

Supt McGrory said: “My early career was spent in uniform in Aberdeen before I joined the CID in 1981, where I spent a total of 17 years as a Detective Officer.”

Many local folk will remember him having served in uniform in both Peterhead and Aberdeen. He went on to take up positions as the head of both the Drugs Squad and Identification Bureau.

During his service with the CID he was responsible for Managing Major Enquiries and Incidents using the Home Office Large Major Enquiry System (HOLMES).

In 2001 he was a member of the Senior Management team of the Arlene Fraser Murder Investigation, with specific responsibility for HOLMES and the compilation of the Police Report, at the conclusion of the investigation.

In May 2002 he was appointed Head of Professional Standards at Grampian Police.

He held this position until June 2010 when he was seconded to the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland) Professional Standards Business Area, tasked with producing new Police Complaints Handling and Misconduct Procedures.

In March this year, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Kenny MacAskill, announced that Mr McGrory had been appointed as a lay member of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission (SLCC).