Colleagues of PC Roy Buggins have paid tribute to the “weel-kent” Angus community police officer who died on duty earlier this week.
PC Buggins, 51, died in Montrose on Tuesday afternoon after “taking unwell” while attending an incident at Rossie Island Road.
Police have said there are no apparent suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
He had served 29 years in the force and was said to be “looking forward to retirement.”
His name will be engraved onto the Scottish Police Memorial at the force’s training college at Tulliallan after senior officers paid tribute to him during the annual Scottish Police Memorial ceremony.
His wife and two children are said to be “absolutely devastated” at the loss of their husband and father and have requested privacy.
He lived in the Angus village of Friockheim with his family.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We are deeply saddened to confirm the death of one of our officers while in attendance at an incident on September 3.
“Roy was a regular attendee at events in and around Montrose and Brechin, often with his colleague PC Ally Hutchison.
“He would regularly visit schools and retirement homes, speak with the public at police surgeries and Coffee With A Cop meetings, and was very much a ‘weel-kent’ face in the local area.”
PC Buggins had been a member of the Montrose and Brechin Community Policing Team for the past two years.
Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone expressed his sympathy for PC Roy Buggins’ family while speaking at the annual Scottish Police Memorial ceremony in Tulliallan on Wednesday.
He said: “Only yesterday police constable Roy Buggins sadly passed away after taking unwell while discharging his duties.”
“Roy had over 28 years’ service and was looking forward to retirement.
“He was a very experienced officer who worked throughout the Tayside area, most latterly in community policing and was held in high regard by his colleagues and indeed the local community.”
PC Buggins joined the then Tayside Police in 1990 and was initially posted to Forfar. He spent all of his 29 years of service working in the area, including spells in Friockheim and Carnoustie, and ten years in Arbroath.
He returned to Forfar for a short period before becoming “an integral part” of the Montrose And Brechin Community Policing Team.
Emergency services attended an accident involving a car and a motorhome at around 3.30pm on Tuesday in Rossie Island Road, Montrose.