Fourteen local commanders for new Police Scotland

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A new team of commanders has been appointed to lead local policing across Scotland as part of the new single force.

The chief superintendents will cover 14 areas across the country and were appointed after consultations with every local authority.

They will be led by Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick.

Scotland's eight police forces are being merged into a single Scottish force from the start of April.

There are currently eight chief constables, nine deputy chief constables (DCCs) and 13 assistant chief constables (ACCs) across Scotland.

The new service will have one chief constable, four DCCs and six ACCs - their appointment were announced last year.

Chief Constable Steve House welcomed the announcement of the 14 new local commanders.

"Their work is right at the heart of the new single police service for Scotland and will ensure that we maintain and build on the high quality of policing already in place," he said.

DCC Fitzpatrick added: "The local commanders will work closely with communities to reflect their concerns in highly-localised policing plans - one for every council ward area in Scotland.

"They will be the recognisable and visible faces leading on local policing from Shetland to the Solway Firth, across each council area in Scotland.

"They will be responsible for ensuring the best possible service to our communities by working with the public to identify local priorities, tackle the issues of greatest concern and maintain the performance which has seen record low crime levels achieved."

NEW LOCAL COMMANDERS

AREA LOCAL COMMANDER

Source: Police Scotland

Ch Supt Adrian Watson

Aberdeen City

Ch Supt Adrian Watson

Ch Supt Mark McLaren

Aberdeenshire & Moray

Ch Supt Mark McLaren

Ch Supt Julian Innes

Highland & Islands

Ch Supt Julian Innes

Ch Supt Hamish Macpherson

Tayside

Ch Supt Hamish Macpherson

Ch Supt David Flynn

Forth Valley

Ch Supt David Flynn

Ch Supt Mark Williams

Edinburgh

Ch Supt Mark Williams

Ch Supt Jeanette McDiarmid

Lothians & Scottish Borders

Ch Supt Jeanette McDiarmid

Ch Supt Garry McEwan

Fife

Ch Supt Garry McEwan

Ch Supt Andy Bates

Greater Glasgow

Ch Supt Andy Bates

Ch Supt John Thomson

Ayrshire

Ch Supt John Thomson

Ch Supt Nelson Telfer

Lanarkshire

Ch Supt Nelson Telfer

Ch Supt Russell Dunn

Argyll & West Dunbartonshire

Ch Supt Russell Dunn

Ch Supt Alan Spiers

Renfrewshire & Inverclyde

Ch Supt Alan Spiers

Ch Supt Kate Thomson

Dumfries & Galloway

Ch Supt Kate Thomson

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