Retiral of top Tayside policeman

One of Tayside Police’s most experienced officers has retired from service after 30 years.

Assistant Chief Constable Colin McCashey began his policing career on the beat of his hometown of Arbroath, but for the last two years has been carrying out one of the most significant law enforcement roles in the country as the ACPOS (Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland) Coordinator Counter Terrorism.

Mr McCashey joined Tayside Police in 1982, after attending Hayshead Primary School and Arbroath Academy before going onto study computer programming at Bell Street College in Dundee.

After a spell in uniform Colin quickly joined the ranks of Tayside’s detectives, first as a part of the CID in Angus and then, in 1987, to Headquarters CID in Dundee. He returned briefly to uniform before being promoted to Detective Sergeant.

In 1996, he was promoted to the rank of Inspector and posted to London where he worked with the Metropolitan Police and other Government agencies.

He returned to Tayside in 1998 and a year later was promoted to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector when he was also appointed to the newly created post of Director of Intelligence.

The following year, he was promoted to Detective Superintendent, Deputy Head of CID in Tayside, assuming responsibility for the investigation of serious crime throughout the Force and the management of CID Units such as the Drugs Branch, Special Branch and Force Intelligence Bureau.

In 2004, Colin transferred temporarily to Special Events Planning and was the Intelligence Commander for the Policing of the G8 World Leaders’ Summit held at the Gleneagles Hotel in 2005.

He attained the rank of Detective Chief Superintendent in 2006 and was appointed the Force Crime Co-ordinator, Head of CID in Tayside. A year later he was appointed as Divisional Commander for Dundee, where he remained for two years before attending the Strategic Command Course at Bramshill, which then led to his appointment as Assistant Chief Constable, Coordinator Counter Terrorism.