Officer 1483, John Sutherland was quite often in McLevy’s team of officers when making arrests.
He joined the Edinburgh police on 20 January 1853 aged 25. He was single and previously had been a labourer. The popularly believed master of Greyfriars Bobby, John Gray, also joined a few days later. John Sutherland was shorter than McLevy at 5 foot 8 inches, with grey eyes, brown hair and an oval face.
He resigned in February 1857 as many officers were want to do. Drinking on duty was something that many officers did and were disciplined for although it is unknown why John Sutherland resigned.