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Saturday, 30 December, 2000, 00:05 GMT
Police chief 'thrilled' at honour
Sir John Orr
Sir John retires in six months' time
The outgoing chief constable of Scotland's largest police is to be knighted.

John Orr is due to retire in six months' time following five years in the hot seat at Strathclyde Police.

Sir John, who hails from Kilmarnock, in Ayrshire, said he was "thrilled" and "humbled" at the honour given for services to the police.

The father-of-three started his career in the police in 1964. He soon rose through the ranks and became a detective superintendent in 1984.

Lockerbie bomb site
Sir John played a key role in the Lockerbie bomb nquiry
Sir John, 55, was promoted to detective chief superintendent in 1987 and became joint head of Strathclyde CID.

He then took on the difficult task of heading the criminal investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.

That role led to Sir John lecturing extensively in Europe, Indonesia, USA and Canada on disaster planning, administration and investigation.

In 1990 he was appointed deputy chief constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.

Sir John returned to the Strathclyde force as chief constable some five years later.

Open University graduate

It is not the first honour for the police chief - in 1996 he was admitted as an Officer in the Order of St John and was awarded the Queen's Police Medal.

Sir John - who lives with his wife Joan and three children in Dumfries - is a graduate of the Open University.

He also obtained a Diploma in Forensic Medicine from Glasgow University.

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Sir John has been head of Strathclyde Police for the last five years
In September 1997 he graduated from the FBI National Executive Institute Course in Virginia, USA, and is a member of various bodies including the Expert Panel on Sex Offending, the Service Authorities for the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the Scottish Crime Prevention Council.

When not at the force's HQ at Pitt Street in Glasgow, Sir John spends his time watching football, reading and hill walking.

The chief constable said of his knighthood: "I am thrilled and somewhat humbled to receive this prestigious honour, but I also believe that it is reflective of the professionalism and commitment to public service by all of the members of a police force of which I am singularly proud to head."

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