Police Open Day great success

Police Cadet Ross Masson has to settle for the passenger seat.
Police Cadet Ross Masson has to settle for the passenger seat.

More than 1,000 people joined local Police Officers to celebrate 38 years of Policing in the Western Isles before the national transition to Police Scotland.

On Saturday 13th April, Stornoway Police station hosted the first Police Open Day in the Western Isles for over 20 years.

Members of the public participated in various fun fair stalls and were treated to a presentation on Police firearms and observed a demonstration from the Western Isles Police Dog ‘Ollie the Collie’ detect drugs on a person.

Stornoway Police station recently refurbished in 2011, was displayed to members of the public through various station tours. The tour included the custody cell block, which for the majority was a unique opportunity.

Individuals including Area Commander Chief Inspector Gordon Macleod and PF Depute Rhoda Geddes locked their head and wrists into wooden stocks for the public and colleagues to have the enjoyment of throwing wet sponges at them.

At the end of the Police Open Day all eyes were on stocks again as Western Isles Area Command Inspector Robbie Macdonald retired after 30 years in the Police. Inspector Macdonald was given a special retirement present from fellow colleagues that he will never forget. Two buckets containing various food substances to form a smelly gunge, which was thrown over his head.

PC Cameron Ross (organiser) stated: “We wanted to end the 38 years of Northern Constabulary by a form of celebration that involved the local community. The open day surpassed what we expected, the incredible numbers that attended and the atmosphere was overwhelming.

“Our staff enjoyed their day and so did all of the public who attended. From start to finish we were non stop, but we had such a laugh and more importantly all funds raised were going to a very worthy local charity Crossroads (Lewis).

“I would like to express my thanks to all those that contributed or attended the Police Open Day. Without them the event would not have been able to take place. After the success of this years open day, we may well repeat the event sometime soon.”

Anyone that would still like to donate towards the funds for Crossroads (Lewis) can at the event website: www.justgiving.com/stornowaypoliceopenday.