Ruaraidh Nicholson
Ruaraidh Nicholson

A MILNGAVIE resident has been named in the New Year’s Honours List.

Ruaraidh Nicolson (51) is to receive the Queen’s Police Medal after 28 years with Strathclyde Police.

Currently Assistant Chief Constable (Crime) with the Strathclyde Force, he said it was a “tremendous honour.”

Originally from the Isle of Skye, ACC Nicolson, right, has lived in the Milngavie and Bearsden area for 25 years. He joined Strathclyde Police in 1983 and was posted to Saracen police office in Glasgow.

In his current post, he has responsibility for all aspects of crime across the Strathclyde Police area, including violence, serious organised crime, counter terrorism, serious sexual crime and e-crime.

He has a broad base of policing experience in crime investigation, Community Safety and Criminal Justice.

In these roles he chaired a number of forums which have helped to shape policing in Scotland.

During his career, he has occupied a number of specialist roles within the Force, including Head of CID, the Serious Crime Squad and Head of the Force Fraud Squad. He has also worked in the Bearsden and Milngavie areas as Constable, Detective Superintendent and Divisional Commander.

In 1998 he formed part of an inquiry team to carry out an investigation within Northern Ireland. This was at the time of the signing of the Good Friday Agreement and was a very poignant time for the country and its people.

He has been involved in the investigation of a number of high-profile enquiries, including the abduction of a 58-year-old businessman from his home on the south-side of Glasgow.

ACC Nicolson is a graduate of the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Programme and the Executive Leadership Programme with An Garda Síochána.

He said: “It is a tremendous honour to receive this award. For the past 28 years I have been privileged to serve the communities of the Strathclyde Police Force area. I am committed to working with my colleagues to make Scotland a safer place for everyone.”

Other locals honoured in this year’s List were Kathleen McQuillan from Milngavie, the former vice chair of the Parole Board for Scotland, who was made an OBE for services to justice, Mini Joti, from Bearsden, a health visitor at Bridgeton Health Centre, who has been made an OBE for services to the NHS and the community of the east end of Glasgow, and Marilyn Joy Smith, from Bearsden, the conductor and musical director of the Glasgow Phoenix Choir, who has been made an OBE for services to music.