Ex-Strathclyde police chief “greatly missed”


By John Hislop

TRIBUTES have been paid to Glasgow’s former top cop Sir Andrew Sloan, who has died aged 77.

He was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal after his five year spell overseeing Scotland’s largest force between 1986 and 1991.

Current Strathclyde Chief Constable Stephen House said Sir Andrew “was held in high esteem and will be greatly missed.”

His funeral will be held on Thursday.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Constable of Scotland’s largest force in 1986, he served with forces in West Yorkshire, Bedfordshire and Lincolnshire.

After taking over from Sir Patrick Hamill, Sir Andrew remained in post for five years, before retiring.

He was replaced by Leslie Sharpe in 1991, and was granted honorary membership of the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland in 2004.

Mr House said: “Sir Andrew Sloan had a long and distinguished career and made a significant contribution to policing as Chief Constable of Strathclyde and indeed in the other forces he served with.

“He was held in high esteem and my thoughts are with his family, friends and former colleagues.

“He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

The funeral will be held at Harrogate crematorium in North Yorkshire on Thursday afternoon.

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