A former Assistant Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police has joined Victim Support Scotland in a newly created role of Director of Community Justice after a 33-year police career which took him from police cadet and rural beat constable to a top post.
John Corrigan followed family tradition by becoming a police cadet in his local Ayrshire Constabulary which then amalgamated with others to create Strathclyde Police. His time as constable, sergeant, inspector, chief inspector and superintendent saw him based throughout Ayrshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire, regularly transferring between uniform and CID. He also worked on the investigation into the Lockerbie bombing.
Over the years, he had specific links with Victim Support schemes based in Castlemilk, Saltcoats, Ayr and Kilmarnock. In addition, during 1996 while head of CID at Ayr he attended the launch of the Witness Support pilot project.
More recently, he spent time with Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland, reviewing how crime is managed by Scottish policing. His report “Partners in Crime – Solving and Reassuring” sought greater emphasis on the needs of victims and others affected by crime.
In 2003, he was appointed Chief Superintendent and Divisional Commander of Ayrshire. The following year he became Assistant Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police with a wide portfolio which included counter terrorism, crime investigations, child protection, violence reduction, crime management and forensic science.