Tayside’s most senior police officer and MSP John Finnie are among those who have paid tribute to an officer who died during duty on Tuesday in Angus.
It is understood the officer, thought to be a man in his 50s, collapsed while directing traffic at a road traffic accident near Montrose.
Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd, Tayside Divisional Commander, said: “I can confirm a Police Scotland officer has this afternoon died while on duty in the Montrose area.
Death on duty of Police Scotland officer – Tayside: pic.twitter.com/vXyv4iygXb
— Police Scotland (@policescotland) September 3, 2019
“The sympathies of everyone at Police Scotland are with the officer’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.
“There are no apparent suspicious circumstances and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”
David Hamilton, vice chairman of the Scottish Police Federation paid tribute in a tweet, saying he was “sad to lose another good colleague” today.
— David Hamilton (@DvdHmltn) September 3, 2019
Arbroath-based PC Darren Burnett described the officer as “one of the good guys”.
A tragic day for us all in the local policing area. A massive loss to our Police family but more importantly thoughts turn to the officers family and friends. #oneofthegoodguys
— PC Darren Burnett (@ArbroathWestPC) September 3, 2019
Members of the public also paid tribute on Facebook.
Death on duty of Police Scotland officer – Tayside Division:Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd, Tayside Divisional…
Jenny Leach said: “Condolences to the family and colleagues.”
Sheila Kettles said: “Heartfelt condolences to the officer’s family, friends and work colleagues.”
Mark Salter said: “Sincere condolences to family and friends at this sad time. Stand down officer, your duty is done.”
The British Transport Police East Scotland tweeted condolences, saying: “Our thoughts are with the officers family, friends and colleagues. RIP.”
💙 Our thoughts are with the officers family, friends and colleagues. RIP 💙
— BTP East Scot (@BTPEastScot) September 3, 2019
Highlands and Islands MSP John Finnie, himself a former police officer, said: “Very sad news. My thoughts are with the officer’s family, friends and colleagues.”
Very sad news. My thoughts are with the officer’s family, friends and colleagues.
— John Finnie MSP 🎗🇪🇺 🏴 (@JohnFinnieHI) September 3, 2019
The officer’s death came on a day of tragedy in Angus, after a 24-year-old man was killed in a road traffic accident on the A90 near Brechin.