The Scottish Police Federation represents all police officers in the ranks of constable, sergeant, inspector and chief inspector, police cadets and special constables; over 18,500 people, 98% of all police officers in Scotland.
The Scottish Police Federation represents all police officers in the ranks of constable, sergeant, inspector and chief inspector, police cadets and special constables, over 18,500 people, 98% of all police officers in Scotland.
To: News Editor
Date: 1 December 2013
Speaking on the crash of the Police Helicopter and the tragic events at the Clutha Vaults public house Brian Docherty, Chairman of the Scottish Police Federation said;
“Our thoughts and sincere condolences go to the families and friends of all those who have lost loved ones in this tragic incident and especially to the family, friends and colleagues of the air crew.
Their loss will of course be most sorely felt by those who knew them but has already been felt across the policing world. I am grateful for the messages of support and condolences that have come in from across the UK and from as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Canada. I am sure this will provide comfort to the families in the difficult times that lie ahead.
I would also like to place on record my personal thanks to the great people of Glasgow who rallied and assisted us with all we had to deal with; to the courageous men and women of the Scottish fire and rescue service and the Scottish ambulance service who fearlessly risked their lives to save those of others and finally to the NHS staff who even now are dealing with the injured.
Our members are unfortunately all too used to dealing with tragedy and delivering bad news but that they performed their duties so effectively in the face of certain knowledge they were dealing with the likely deaths of one of our own, is a testament to their sheer professionalism and is a credit to the whole of the police service.
Our representatives will now turn to the job of supporting these colleagues as they come to terms with the aftermath of this incident and of course the families of the air crew who will be looking for so many answers in the days weeks and months ahead”