Retired Police Chief Inspector Andrew Suddon was recently presented with a lifetime achievement award from the Retired Police Officers Association.
The award citation described both his police career and his role as a foster parent - Andrew and his wife Vera looked after many infants and toddlers from the Borders and Lothians.
Andrew’s police career began in 1955 when he became Hawick’s first police cadet. He served as a constable in Hawick, Coldstream, Kelso and at the single-man station at Chirnside.
During his days in the Borders Andrew played cricket for Coldstream and rugby for Kelso, Duns and Gala Star rugby clubs.
After his stint at Chirnside Andrew moved on to the Scottish Crime Squad and in that role he investigated serious crimes throughout the country and undertook undercover work. He worked his way up to Detective Sergeant while with the Serious Crime Squad.
Further promotion to Detective Inspector came while he was based at Gayfield Square, Edinburgh.
More promotions followed, to head of CIF, then to the post of director of studies in the Senior Division of the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan Castle, Clackmannanshire, with the rank of Chief Inspector.
An unfortunate accident when Andrew suffered a broken back which ended his police career and he later moved from South Queensferry to Hawick and helped voluntarily in various roles. Among them was as a counsellor with the Citizens Advice Bureau, secretary of Hawick YM RFC, field officer of Hawick Archaeological Society, reader of the local paper for the blind and partially sighted with Borders Talking Newspapers.
Andrew has also been a Rotarian for 36 years firstly at South Queensferry and now at Hawick where he is a former president.