Deputy Chief Constable Awarded Queen's Police Medal

Thursday, 13 October, 2011

Today the Deputy Chief Constable of Grampian Police, John McNab, received the Queen's Police Medal from Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace following his appearance in the birthday honours list.

Speaking after the ceremony, John said: "Receiving such formal and meaningful recognition is a genuine honour and it goes without saying that providing over 25 years of service to the communities of Scotland has been a great privilege.

"The high performance that Grampian Police has been producing is only achievable with the hard work and support of all it's employees others and I have many colleagues to thank for this."

Congratulating his deputy on the honour, Chief Constable Colin McKerracher said: "The Queen's Police Medal is a prestigious award that is given out for distinguished service. It is highly appropriate for him to receive this significant honour from the Queen in light of his dedication and outstanding contribution to Policing both here in the North East and right across Scotland.

Born in Kirkcaldy, John joined Fife Constabulary in 1986, after he graduated from Heriot-Watt University with a degree in Town and Country Planning. He began his career in central Fife and served in a variety of posts while rising through the ranks, including Traffic, CID and Uniform Beat Patrol, before being promoted to Superintendent at Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

He returned to Fife in September 2002, and continued to rise though the ranks until he was temporarily promoted to Assistant Chief Constable. When this role concluded he became Head of Operational Support.

In July 2005, John took up the post of Assistant Chief Constable at Grampian Police, a role he held until May 2007, when he was temporarily promoted to Deputy Chief Constable.

This appointment became permanent in October 2007.

As Deputy Chief Constable, he is responsible for Development and Governance, Corporate Communications, Professional Standards, Executive Support and Legal Services.

At a national level, John holds a number of national ACPOS portfolio groups, including Chair of the Professional Standards Business Area; Chair of the National Custody Project and Chair of the Policies and Standards Sub Group under the Performance Management Business Area.

As Chair of the ACPOS Professional Standards Business Area, he has driven forward a review of the current Police (Conduct) (Scotland) Regulations 1996. The remit of this work is to produce proposals for a modernised police complaints handling and misconduct procedures, which will be fair, flexible, proportionate and cost effective.

Mr McNab is 53, is married to Jane and outside of work has a wide variety of sporting and leisure interests.

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