Tayside Police Museum opens its doors

Retired Police Constable Bill Spence (left ) and Chief of Police Paul Anderson officially open the Kirriemuir Tayside Police museum on Saturday morning.

Retired Police Constable Bill Spence (left ) and Chief of Police Paul Anderson officially open the Kirriemuir Tayside Police museum on Saturday morning.

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The public now has access to a wide range of police artefacts with the official opening of the Tayside Police Museum in Kirriemuir.

Bill Spence, retired chief constable of Tayside Police, and recently appointed Chief Superintendent Paul Anderson, head of policing in Tayside Region, performed the opening ceremony on Saturday.

Both expressed the importance of making the history of policing more accessible to the public.

Museum curator Hamish Gray, a retired police inspector, thanked those involved.

They included Heidi Findlay of the Kirriemuir Heritage Trust, Inspector Gary Brown of Police Scotland, and Ian Mackintosh, former convener of the Tayside Joint Police Board,

The Reform Street attraction features police artefacts dating back to the 1840s, as well as modern artwork of one Tayside’s best known ‘bobbies’ on the beat - the fictional character P.C. Murdoch and Oor Wullie.

There are displays of uniforms, equipment and the history and success of the Tayside Police Pipe Band

Our appeal for volunteers last month attracted a great response from the local community.

Many retired police officers have come forward to assist with the running of the museum.