Popular inspector hangs up his hat after 30 years

29-08-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres.     Kirkintilloch Police Office. Photo of Inspector John Hunter who is retiring after 30 years

29-08-2015 Picture Roberto Cavieres. Kirkintilloch Police Office. Photo of Inspector John Hunter who is retiring after 30 years

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A popular police inspector in Kirkintilloch has hung up his hat after more than 30 years’ service.

Inspector John Hunter was responsible for community policing for East Dunbartonshire, based at Kirkintilloch police office.

Colleagues paid tribute to the retiring police officer with a special dinner at local restaurant Nonna’s Kitchen recently. Inspector Hunter (55) joined the police force in 1985 as a uniformed officer in Renfrew division.

He was quickly promoted to sergeant and also did several stints in plain clothes, taking part in national drugs operations. He has been involved in many high profile incidents during his career, and was one of the first police officers in his division to attend the scene of the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.

He said: “It was absolute devastation. I was just a young cop at the time and it was a real eye-opener about what you can come up against.”

Inspector Hunter was also called out to the the Glasgow Airport terrorist attack in 2007.

He said: “There have been many changes in the police force since I started. I’ve made many friends at Kirkintilloch and will miss the people.”

He intends to spend his leisure time golfing and 
hillwalking.