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Alexander McHardy MVO KPM - Chief Constable of Sutherlandshire Constabulary (from 1866 to 1882) and Inverness-shire Constabulary (from 1882 to 1911) | by conner395
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Alexander McHardy MVO KPM - Chief Constable of Sutherlandshire Constabulary (from 1866 to 1882) and Inverness-shire Constabulary (from 1882 to 1911)

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Alexander ("Alister") McHardy was Britain's (and possibly the Empire's) longest serving Chief Police Officer.

 

Born in the Braemar area of Aberdeenshire in 1839, he joined the Rural Police of that county at age 19. After 16 months he moved to Sutherlandshire in the rank of Sergeant, then after almost 2 years there he was off again, this time to Fife County Constabulary. Five months later he was promoted to Inspector, and 3 months on he was elevated to Superintendent and Deputy Chief Constable. A year later, in May 1863, he was Acting Chief Constable when the Chief died, and he continued as DCC under the new Chief.

 

In 1866 Mr McHardy returned to Sutherland - this time as Chief Constable. In 1882 he was appointed Chief Constable of Inverness-shire Constabulary (largest police force in the Scottish Highlands) and remained in that post until his death from influenza in 1911 at the age of 71.

 

He served a total of 53 years as a police officer, 45 of these as a Chief Constable.

 

Mr McHardy obviously became interested in golf during his time in Fife, as he set up the Royal Dornoch Golf Club, and then Inverness Golf Club.

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