Nostalgia: Don’t break up blue line

A policeman on points duty. Picture: TSPL
A policeman on points duty. Picture: TSPL
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THE Thin Blue Line protecting Edinburgh, ready at a moment’s notice to respond wherever needed.

The uniforms and the equipment may have changed a bit over the years, but the reassuring sight of the Bobby on the beat is as welcome today as it ever was.

Officers escort the Hearts team after their cup win

Officers escort the Hearts team after their cup win

This week there was news that the city council is set to cut funding for 12 community officers.

Currently, around £2.7 million is spent by the local authority on additional officers but say they no longer have any influence over where they work since the advent of Police ­Scotland.

With resources tight, it is a far cry from of the days when an officer could be stationed in a night watchman’s hut in the middle of the road counting cars.

That is exactly what happened in 1955 as our picture shows the officer with notepad at Haymarket to “check if there was a traffic bottle-neck”. These days you would think the police may ­investigate if there wasn’t a traffic snarl-up.

Policing in the 50s wasn’t all as mundane however as the officers who escorted the Hearts team along Princes Street after they beat Celtic to lift the Scottish Cup could ­testify.

In 1963, the Evening News spent the evening with the beat cops as they patrolled the all-but deserted Old Town under the heading “awake in the sleeping Capital”.

The un-named officer ­pictured was gloriously described as “an indispensable guardian of the law”. Let’s hope we continue to see ­today’s guardians in the ­community and on the beat.