Fund will transfer to new division

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TAYSIDE Police Benevolent Fund, which has been running for nearly 38 years, will transfer into the new Scottish Police Benevolent Fund on April 1.

It was set up and constituted as a Registered Charity at the formation of Tayside Police in 1975. A sub-committee of three constituent Branch Boards of the Scottish Police Federation had met over a period of many months in the lead up to regionalisation and had agreed the constitution which not only set out to assist police officers, ex-police officers and their dependants but also other charitable organisations. Subscriptions to the Fund came principally from members with donations from the public also forming part of income.

Over the near 38 years of the Fund’s existence almost £65,000 has been donated to over 140 local charities.

Chief Constable Justine Curran, fund president, said: “Officers who have contributed to the Tayside Police Benevolent Fund will be proud to know that so many local charities, organisations and communities have benefited from these donations.

“The fund has provided members and former members of Tayside Police with assistance and support since its conception and this service will continue nationally under the Scottish Benevolent Fund and into the future. Since its inception under the late Chief Constable John R. Little, up to and including present Chief Constable Justine Curran, the Fund has always enjoyed the full support of all Chief Constables who are, by virtue of their office, Presidents of the Fund.”

Sergeant David Hamilton, Benevolent Fund Secretary and Secretary of the Tayside Branch of the Scottish Police Federation said: “Tayside Police Benevolent Fund has supported many serving and retired police officers and their families for nearly 38 years. In that time it has given thousands of pounds to local charities and initiatives across Tayside.

“We move into the Scottish Police Benevolent Fund with a proud record of achievement and legacy and look forward to continuing to provide assistance to those in need.”