Tuesday 10th May – Craig Alexander’s Job Talk
New member Craig Alexander took us on a whistle stop tour of his career as a police officer up to his retirement in 2011. Beaming with his pride in his family, Craig continued by expressing his early desire to become a fireman, eventually opting for a role as a policeman.
He detailed his time in various departments from Operational Policing in Ayrshire, Traffic Department – Ayrshire & Glasgow to Communications – Force Control and Area Control Rooms. He served as Senior Investigating Officer, Family Liaison Officer and Disaster Victim Identification. Craig explained that even although our roads are safer than 10 years ago, there is still unacceptable carnage. He continued that during his 32 years of police service, he had attended many traffic collisions. When he asked the drivers what had happened, he often heard the word ‘suddenly’ – ‘the car pulled out suddenly’, ‘the car in front stopped suddenly’. But in fact, Craig said, almost nothing on the road happens ‘suddenly’. Driving situations are readable and predictable he explained. The vote of thanks was given by Charlie Steele