DAVID B. McNEE joined Glasgow Police on 29 April 1946 and, after training, was posted to the Marine Division (‘B’) graduating to his own beat in Partick. In 1951, he remained in the ‘Marine’ when appointed Detective Constable and was promoted to Detective Sergeant in Govan Division (‘G’) in 1962.
In 1963 he was promoted to Detective Inspector and posted to the Flying Squad then in 1966 served in the Special Branch. In 1967, on returning from the Senior Command Course at the National Police College, Hampshire, he was promoted to Detective Chief Inspector.
In January 1968, he was successful in his application for the post of Deputy Chief Constable of Dunbartonshire Constabulary and on 7 April 1971, he was appointed Chief Constable of The City of Glasgow Police.
He remained in post as Chief Constable during the transitional period when Strathclyde Police was being formed in 1975 by amalgamating Glasgow Police with the surrounding county police forces. He was appointed Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police.
On 13 March 1977, David McNee was appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police and was knighted in 1978. He retired after 5 years as Commissioner.
In his retirement, he accepted the post as Honorary President of the Glasgow Police Heritage Society of which he was a keen supporter.
He passed away on Friday, 26th April 2019, unexpectedly at home and in his 95th year,