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26th July, 2017
Death of Donald MacLean – former SPF Chairman


Donald MacLean, former Chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, died last week at age 85. Donald made an enormous contribution to policing in Scotland through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Prior to joining the police Donald had served in the Queens Own Cameron Highlanders. He was SPF Chairman from 1973 to 1976 and in that time oversaw significant organisational change and managed much of the groundwork which led to great improvements in police terms and conditions.

Donald later became President of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents but always retained respect and affection for policemen and women on the frontline.

When he retired from the police he became a Councillor and then Convener of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. He served as Vice-Chair and then Chair of Development Services/Sustainable Development Committee. He also served on the Northern Joint Police and Fire Boards and as Chair of the Licensing Board.

Donald is survived by his wife Mary and his three children.

There will be a service of thanks at 2.30pm, Friday 28 July at the Park Church, Ravenscliffe Drive, Giffnock, Glasgow, followed by a private burial.