Colleagues pay tribute to ‘enthusiastic’ Dougie

Posted on May 10, 2016 | Category :Uncategorized | Comments Off

Cons Dougie Wiggins

COLLEAGUES have paid tribute to an officer who “couldn’t believe how lucky he was to be part of the police service”.

PC Dougie Wiggins,55, of Police Scotland, died on 2 May after becoming unwell while responding to an emergency call.

Insp William Jeffrey, of Bellshill Community Policing Team where Dougie worked, said: “Dougie loved his job and his enthusiasm was infectious.”

He added: “He was a well-liked and respected officer who would genuinely go out of his way to help the public or any of his colleagues.

“He was an example to everyone he worked with and his sudden passing has deeply saddened many within the Division. He will be long remembered with affection and respect.”

Dougie joined Strathclyde Police on 20 July 2010 after two years as a Special Constable. He spent most of his service working at Community Policing in Bellshill, Lanarkshire, except for a six-month secondment to divisional road policing.

He had only recently applied for a vacancy to return to roads policing full time.

Before joining the police service, Dougie was a joiner and enjoyed telling stories of his experiences on various building sites.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “He really couldn’t believe how lucky he was to be part of the police service. He thought it was amazing that he was getting paid to cycle about on his bike, keeping fit and helping people.”

Dougie was described as ‘a keep fit fanatic’ and was a founding member of Lanarkshire Division SPRA Angling Section.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth and their daughter Laura, 24.

Brian Docherty, Chairman of the Scottish Police Federation, described PC Wiggins as a “well respected and well liked” officer. He said the thoughts of all Scottish officers and the Federation were with the family, friends and close colleagues of PC Wiggins.

Care of Police Survivors would like to add that our thoughts are with Dougie’s family at this difficult time.

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