Broch welcomes new Special Constable

New Fraserburgh SC Scott Murray with SC Joshua Watt, Justice of the Peace John McKinnon, SC Samantha Eatwell and SC Kerri Jamieson
New Fraserburgh SC Scott Murray with SC Joshua Watt, Justice of the Peace John McKinnon, SC Samantha Eatwell and SC Kerri Jamieson

Police Scotland welcomed a new Special Constable (SC) in Fraserburgh at a ceremony in Aberdeen on Thursday, November 19.

SC Scott Murray was sworn in at Aberdeen City Division’s Nelson Street office along with three other new SC officers in the North East.

It was conducted by Justice of the Peace John McKinnon, who was previously a Special Constable in Aberdeen himself.

Mr McKinnon spoke to the room and paid trribute to the new recruits for volunteering to give up their spare time to help protect and serve communities in their respective areas.

Bruce Kerr, Special Constable Coordinator for the North, said: “The value of the SC cannot be understated and it is an important part of Police Scotland.

“The voluntary oath that each of these officers has made demonstrates a remarkable commitment which is gratefully received and recognised.”

The role of Special Constable is often praised as a way to provide help and support to local communities whilst giving a glimpse into the life of a regular police officer, with the same powers and is a ‘rewarding’ way to support local communities.

Prior to becoming a Special Constable, recruits undertake a standardised training programme, which is similar to the initial training provided to regular probationer officers.

Upon completion of the induction, officers are sworn in as a Special Constable and deployed into the local area of their choice.

There were three other new Special Constables joining Scott Murray at the ceremony.

They are SC Samantha Eatwell (Seaton), SC Kerri Jamieson (Torry) and SC Joshua Watt (Manor Park).