Since the announcement of a single police service for Scotland there has been on-going uncertainty regarding the status of the country’s’ police pipe bands.
John, a former police officer, has been campaigning for the retention of the pipe bands citing the excellent community relations they engender and his Parliamentary motion on the subject drew support from across the Parliament .
Following a recent letter to the new Chief Constable, Stephen House, seeking assurances, over the bands’ financial future, John has received a commitment that the bands would continue to be funded until the end of the next financial year.
Commenting, John said:
“I am pleased that the new Chief Constable has given a commitment to continue funding the five remaining Police Pipe bands until 2014. As, I understand, most of the bands are entirely self-funding and the return for the Police Service in terms of good community relations greatly outweighs the modest contribution from some of the existing forces.
“In my own area, the Northern Constabulary Community Pipe Band is warmly welcomed at events across the region and are great ambassadors for the community-based policing style which makes the north of Scotland the safest place to live.
“I will keep up pressure to ensure the bands, many of which have existed for a very long time, have a positive future in the Police Service of Scotland.”
Members are now no longer exclusively police officers but include traffic wardens, police support staff, their families and members of the public
The Secretary of the Northern Constabulary Community Police Pipe Band is David Connor – contact details here; http://www.norconpipeband.co.uk/