ONE OF Tayside Police’s most experienced officers retired from the police service on Thursday after 30 years’ service.
Assistant Chief Constable Colin McCashey began his policing career on the beat of his hometown of Arbroath, but for the last two years has been carrying out one of the most significant law enforcement roles in the country as the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS ) Co-ordinator Counter Terrorism.
Speaking on the day for his retiral, the Assistant Chief Constable stated: “This has been a tremendously fulfilling role to undertake, both on a personal and professional level and I could not think of a better way to finish my service.
“The Scottish Government has recently published the ‘Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill’. I have been in regular contact with the Scottish Government to secure a strong future for counter terrorism (CT) policing in Scotland to protect Scottish communities from the myriad of evolving threats presented by terrorism both internationally and domestically.
“It is crucial that national priorities such as counter terrorism are fully integrated into police reform plans in order to maintain coherent links to all levels of policing. We need to ensure that we preserve the golden thread which connects local, national and international policing.”
He continued: “Police reform is a unique opportunity to place Scotland at the forefront of CT policing, not only within the UK, but also internationally. It is my honestly held belief that this is a singular moment to enhance, not only Scottish CT capabilities, but also to promote Scotland as an exemplar within the CT Policing community.
“In the interim period, I would like to offer my reassurance to Scottish communities that the police service is committed to keeping Scotland safe.
“While acts of terrorism remain a relatively rare occurrence, this is in no small part due to the work and dedication of counter terrorism officers and staff within Scottish forces and other agencies who work tirelessly to address the threat of terrorism. As I end my police career I would take the opportunity to commend these efforts which often go without public recognition. I would like to extend my best wishes to my successor.”
Mr McCashey joined Tayside Police in 1982, after being schooled at Hayshead Primary School and Arbroath Academy and then studying computer programming at Bell Street College, Dundee.
After a spell in uniform he quickly joined the ranks of Tayside’s detectives, first as a part of the CID in Angus and then, in 1987, to headquarters CID in Dundee. He returned briefly to uniform before being promoted to Detective Sergeant.
In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of Inspector and posted to London where he worked with the Metropolitan Police and other government agencies.
He returned to Tayside in 1998 and a year later was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector when he was also appointed to the newly created post of Director of Intelligence. During this time, Mr McCashey was instrumental in the introduction of modern intelligence led policing, which represented a sea change in the way police resources both uniform and CID are deployed to best effect.
In 2002, he ‘went home’ to Eastern Division as Chief Inspector in charge of Operational Policing in Angus.
The following year, he was promoted to Detective Superintendent, Deputy Head of CID in Tayside, assuming responsibility for the investigation of serious crime throughout the Force and the management of CID Units such as the Drugs Branch, Special Branch and Force Intelligence Bureau.
In 2004, Colin transferred temporarily to Special Events Planning and was the Intelligence Commander for the Policing of the G8 World Leaders’ Summit held at the Gleneagles Hotel in 2005. The experience was one of the highlights of Colin’s career and will live long in his memory.
He attained the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent in 2006 and was appointed the Force Crime Coordinator, Head of CID in Tayside.
A year later he was appointed as Divisional Commander for Dundee, where he remained for two years before attending the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill, which then led to his appointment as Assistant Chief Constable, Co-ordinator Counter Terrorism.
Colin is married with three children and lives in Arbroath.
He said: “I intend to spend more time with my wife Eleanor and our family, without whom a successful career in policing would have been impossible. I have been very fortunate to meet some great people throughout my 30 years and been involved in efforts to make our communities safer and keep them safe.
“There are many changes ahead for the police service in Scotland and I will watch with interest as the Police Reform programme is delivered.”