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James Verdier Stevenson

1902 - 22

When Chief Constable John Boyd took ill and resigned on 8th. January, 1902, the Police Committee received ninety-four applications for the post. In the end, they appointed James Verdier Stevenson to the post which he took up on 8 April, 1902.

James Stevenson had been born on 5 July, 1858, in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, Ireland. He joined the Royal Irish Constabulary in 1884 and rose to the rank of District Inspector, before being appointed Chief Constable of Glasgow at a salary of £1,000 per annum. During his term of office he was made a C.B.E., Member of the Victorian Order and received the King’s Police Medal on 6 February, 1913.

He was a stranger to Glasgow and initially relied heavily on the guidance of his immediate subordinates, Superintendent John Orr and Superintendent Alexander Mennie. He had seven children and lived at ‘Dunacre’, Beech Avenue, Bellahouston.

He resigned on 31st. March, 1922, having been 20 years Chief Constable of Glasgow, through some of the most turbulent times in it’s history. He was succeeded by Chief Constable Andrew Donnan Smith who had been one of his Assistant Chief Constables.

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