Jan 27 2010 by Wendy Scott, Airdrie & Coatbridge
MONKLANDS’ top cop Superintendent Henry Campbell has retired from the division, bringing down the curtain on 33 years with Strathclyde Police Force.
Henry started as a cadet back in the late 1970s, winning cadet of the year before becoming an officer in 1980.
‘G’ Division was where it all started, with stints in the divisional patrol vehicle and foot patrol, before he became a detective.
In 1988 he moved to the Scottish Police College. Following a spell with the crime unit and quality assurance he was involved in Spotlight.
He then went to ‘N’ Division via Corporate Planning & Development and the Chief Constable’s Secretariat.
On Friday many of his colleagues joined him at Coatbridge Police Office to mark the end his career.
He said: “I can honestly say that the past two years have been the most rewarding in my career.
“I have found the Monklands area to be challenging but have found the people a pleasure to work with. There is a community spirit here which is rare in our society and any initiative for improvement has found the full backing of that community.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone who have helped me in my time in Monklands and I am confident that my successor Superintendent Mike Dougal will receive as warm and welcoming a reception as I had two years ago.”
Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Graham Cairns praised Henry’s contribution to the division and thanked him for his outstanding efforts throughout his time here.
He said: “Superintendent Campbell has been an outstanding contributor to the force over the past 30 years in various roles and, more recently, in Airdrie and Coatbridge.
“He has made a real impact there and I know he is held in high esteem by all.
“I am obviously sorry to lose such an experienced and active officer. However, I know that everyone in North Lanarkshire wishes him well in the future.”