North east police welcome new recruits

Police officers Kieran Buchan and Raegan Gilbertson
Police officers Kieran Buchan and Raegan Gilbertson

Police Scotland has welcomed two new recruits to the Ellon and Turriff areas.

The new officers started working in their new patches at the end of March.

Ellon’s new officer, Raegan Gilbertson, started in the town on Monday, March 26.

Before joining the force she worked full-time at the HMRC, however she was ready for a new challenge as Raegan explained: “I’m the kind of person who likes to get out and about and not be stuck behind a desk all day.

“In this job everyday is different and it has not disappointed me so far.”

Prior to joining the police, Raegan did 11 weeks of training at the Tulliallan Scottish Police College in Kincardine.

“Joining the police has been everything I thought it would be and I love being out and meeting different people,” said Raegan.

She made the move to Ellon from Dundee and said she doesn’t regret it: “I’m loving it. I really like Ellon, it’s a good place to work and it’s good for learning too.

“I get time to catch up with paperwork between jobs.”

Meanwhile Kieran Buchan started at Turriff on Thursday, March 29.

Explaining why he decided to join the force, Kieran said: “At academy we studied policing in the UK as part of our Modern Studies course and I thought that was something I could see myself doing.”

Kieran left school in 5th year and joined the Grampian Police Cadets.

This led to him becoming a Special Constable and he joined the team in Fraserburgh.

Kieran said: “I was there for four years and it was a good way to get a feel for the job as there was a lot going on.

“Turriff is not as busy and there is a different atmosphere there, it feels like a close-knit community.”

When asked if they have any advice for future officers, Raegan said: “If anyone is thinking about going down this route I would say go for it.

“It’s really rewarding and there are so many different avenues that you can choose to pursue including working with the police dogs or the counter terrorism team.”