New G.P.H.S. Honorary President
The Glasgow Police Heritage Society elected a new Honorary President, Sir William Rae QPM, at the Society’s Annual General Meeting on Thursday 27 February, 2020. He replaced the late Sir David McNee who died in 2019.
Sir William Rae QPM joined Dunbartonshire Constabulary as a police cadet in 1966 and was appointed as a Constable in 1968. Dunbartonshire Constabulary merged with five other forces into what was Strathclyde Police in 1975. Sir William was promoted to Sergeant in 1977 and rose swiftly through the ranks throughout the 1980s. In 1996, he became Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.
In 2001, he returned to Strathclyde Police as Chief Constable. During this time, Sir William took a keen interest in our Society providing support and encouragement. In May 2002, as Chief Constable, he was one of three City officials who officially opened our Glasgow Police Museum. Sir Willie Rae retired in November 2007 and is now pleased to be just known as ‘Willie’.