Raasay man honoured for 36 years’ police service

Raasay man Andrew Gillies was recognised for his 36 years’ service as a special constable when he was named in the recent Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

He was one of only two policemen in the whole of Scotland to receive the prestigious Queen’s Police Medal — the other being the Police Scotland deputy chief constable Iain Livingston.

Andrew began working as the island’s special constable in 1978 – combining his police role with  regular jobs with the council, and as a crofter. He retired from the force at the start of this year, and in April was presented with a certificate in recognition of that long service from the area’s Chief Superintendent Julian Innes.

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Mr Gillies provided invaluable assistance over his 36 years’ service, Skye and Lochalsh police inspector Lynda Allan said

Lynda Allan, the local police inspector for Skye and Lochalsh, said: “Andrew was nominated by his colleagues in Skye and Lochalsh due to the invaluable assistance he has given to his colleagues over the 36 years and for his continued support and enthusiasm for the role.

“We are absolutely delighted that this has been recognised and wish Andrew and his family all the best in his retirement.”