While he didn’t partake of the dancing, the consumption of the infamous haggis or don a kilt, Constable First Class Dean Jenkins did spend time in Scotland visiting the ‘haunted’ Tulliallan Castle – the training home of Scottish Police Officers.
Superintendent Thom McLoughlin – Head of Professional Development, Scottish Police College invited Dean to have a look around and swap stories. Dean said the venue for training was unlike anything an Australian could imagine.
“The Scottish Police College has as its heart a haunted castle and was amazing. I’m sure it’s got torture chambers in there so if I was a recruit I’d be on my best behaviour.
“Everyone I met had that dry sense of humour that Scots possess and it was great to take a look around and discuss the differences in our police forces, with the obvious being it’s a little bit colder in Scotland than the Northern Territory!” he said.
The College, set on 90 acres of parkland in the centre of Scotland, provides training to all eight Scottish Police Forces from recruits to senior command level. A few hundred recruits were taking part in Constable Probationer training when Dean visited the Castle.
He said the Scottish Officers he met were amazed that Australian Officers routinely carry firearms.
“Similar to New Zealand, Scottish Police don’t carry firearms and are armed with their batons, taser and cuffs.
“We exchanged police insignia and I just want to thank Supt McLoughlin, Chief Inspector Derek Fairly, Inspector Russell Lockhart and Janette McCrae for taking the time to show me around and welcome me to their police castle,” he said.