A HIGHLY decorated community inspector with Police Scotland steps down next month after 30 years’ service.
Ian Mackay will leave his beat which covers Haddington, Dunbar and North Berwick at the end of September.
The 49-year-old, who lives in Musselburgh, has held the post for six years.
Since joining the former Lothian and Borders force in 1984, Ian has served all over the Lothians.
He initially served as a PC in Eyemouth and Peebles before transferring to the traffic division for eight years in February 1989.
He transferred to Edinburgh in 1997 and worked out of Gayfield, spending a year in events planning.
But he was soon on the move again, spending time at the Scottish Parliament, St Leonard’s and in the city centre unit.
Ian was promoted to sergeant in 2002 and worked out of Drylaw, before transferring to the communications and operations room a year later.
After a brief spell at Musselburgh, Ian was promoted to inspector in 2006, spending a brief spell in the force’s communications centre before moving to his current post.
On his travels he picked up various awards, most notably a chief constable’s commendation in 1992 for “showing initiative and true professionalism during a murder investigation in 1991”.
In 2007, he was awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.
As he prepares to step down, Ian said he had “thoroughly enjoyed” his time as an officer and particularly loved working in East Lothian.
He said: “It’s been a real experience and a great place to work.”
One of the highlights working in the area for the father-of-two was to be chosen as the police’s leading planner at the Open golf championship at Muirfield last summer.
He described the experience as a “great challenge” but admits all the hard work was worth it as the event was a marvellous showcase for East Lothian.
He is also proud of the role he has played in helping drive down antisocial behaviour in the area, believing: “If you get that sorted out it actually resolves a lot of wider problems.”
He might not reach the giddy heights of professional golf but he now aims to put in a few more rounds himself at Musselburgh golf club.
He also admits to having more than a passing interest in the fortunes of Heart of Midlothian Football Club.
He is now happy to pass responsibility on to Inspector Alan Hogarth, the man chosen to fill his shoes.
He said: “I am now passing on the baton to Alan, who I am sure will continue all the good work because East Lothian is such a great place to live.”