Derek Frew, Detective Sergeant, eventually achieved his vocational ambition by joining Strathclyde Police in June 1995, aged, 23, after failing to gain entry at the tender age of 18½. Derek spent his formative years as a Constable in the busy town of Saltcoats prior to escaping to the picturesque setting of the Isle of Cumbrae with a resident population of 1200 and a grand total of 2 police officers. On leaving the island Derek found himself working in the Operational Planning department in Ayrshire Division of Strathclyde Police, with responsibility of preparing the operational policing plans for Major Events in that area.
At the beginning of 2004 Derek became heavily involved in reviewing the Criminal Justice processes within Ayrshire Division. As a result great strides were taken in improving the flow of information between the Police Service and Procurator Fiscals Office. During this year Derek also spent April visiting Police Forces in Washington and Virginia during which time he also visited the FBI Academy at Quantico.After being promoted to Sergeant in 2004, Derek was soon back in the Operational Planning environment to provide resilience within Ayrshire Division as it prepared for the arrival of world leaders during G8 in 2005. In May 2006, Derek joined the ACPOS CT Best Value Team with the remit of assessing Scotland’s capacity and capability to deliver counter terrorism policing. This was, and continues to be, an extensive piece of work which has so far realised additional funding from the Scottish Government to provide 55 new, sustainable, posts for CT policing in Scotland. He hopes that this will continue as the work develops further.In addition, he has also been partly responsible for a review on how best to deliver a policing response to the threat from a MANPADS attack on aircraft, the outcome of which has received recognition both within Scotland and the rest of the UK.Married with 2 sons, Derek has an HNC in Business Studies and when not at work spends the remainder of his time with his family.