Devoted Bob loved his life in the police force

Robert Sim
Robert Sim

A former assistant chief constable from Greenhill near Bonnybridge has died at the age of 84.

Robert Sim, or Bob as he was known, was born in the village of on July 11, 1930, the son a railway signalman.

The middle child of three brothers, he attended the local primary school before completing his education at Denny High School.

In 1952, Bob married Jean Platt from Bradley, near Wrexham, and they had two children – Elizabeth and John.

Bob joined the Edinburgh City Police in January 1952, where he served for 17 years, rising to the rank of superintendent. In June 1969, he was appointed to the post of deputy chief constable of the former Berwick, Roxburgh and Selkirk force, relocating his family to Hawick.

In 1976, Bob was promoted again to the post of assistant chief constable of the newly formed Lothian and Borders force, and just four years later was appointed chief constable of Tayside Police. He then became Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary, then Chief Inspector of Constabulary.

He retired in 1990 following 39 years of service.

During his long and successful career, Bob’s application and devotion to his duties were recognised on three occasions – in 1975 by the award of an MBE; the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in 1981; and the award of a CBE in 1988.

Jean was struck by long-term illness and died in 2009.

Bob passed away peacefully on March 13 in Hawick.