Glasgow South and East Renfrewshire divisional commander, chief superintendent Robin Howe, is to retire from the police after 30 years service.
His last duty was supervising Sunday's Old Firm match at Ibrox.
During his career he has looked after the safety at Hampden of Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Eagles' fans, football fans from all over the world and Pope Benedict while conducting his papal mass in Bellahouston Park in September.
To commemorate his service, East Renfrewshire council leader Jim Fletcher presented the chief with an engraved decanter
Chief Howe said: "The last five years have highlighted the hard work and commitment of my officers."
Chief Howe is replaced by Superintendent Andy Bates.