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Grampian Police chief constable 'could extend contract'

Colin McKerracher
Image caption Colin McKerracher could stay on beyond his retirement date

The Grampian Police chief constable could stay on beyond his official retirement date.

The joint police board has agreed to recommend to the justice secretary that Colin McKerracher stays on after summer to oversee the transition to a single Scottish force.

The board's convener, Martin Greig, said Grampian needed stability.

Grampian Police is also to give more than £1m back to local councils after building up an under spend.

The force will be able to resume the recruitment of officers.

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