New local commander appointed for Tayside area

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TAYSIDE Police have announced the appointment of Chief Superintendent Hamish Macpherson as the local commander for the division.

As Scotland moves towards a single police force, Mr Macpherson’s new post will see him in charge of the delivery of operational policing in one of Police Scotland’s largest areas.

But even with major changes ahead for the police in Scotland, he stressed that the local communities can still expect to receive the high standards of service they have come to expect from their local officers.

Mr Macpherson explained: “We are involved in the most significant transition period that the policing service in Scotland has ever experienced.

“That change will be most apparent to our officers and staff, but the people of Tayside can be assured they will still be at the heart of everything we do.

“Police Scotland Chief Constable Steve House has made it absolutely clear that community policing and Keeping People Safe remain as the priority for all of us.

“While Tayside Police as an organisation will cease to be after March 31, policing in Tayside continues without pause.

“Our officers will still be in your communities from April 1, building relationships locally and addressing those issues that matter most to you.”

Dundee-born, Hamish was educated at Forthill Primary School and Grove Academy in Broughty Ferry, where he still lives.

On leaving school he studied mechanical and electronic engineering and worked for a time as an electronic engineer before joining Tayside Police in 1986.

On joining the police, Hamish carried out beat duties in the Crieff, Auchterarder, Alyth, and Blairgowrie areas before joining the Western Division Criminal Investigation Department based in Perth.

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996 and returned to uniform duties in Perth, working initially in Perth City Centre then within the divisional custody suite.

The following year Hamish was seconded to a national operation responsible for the tracing and DNA sampling of sex and violent offenders prior to being posted to Headquarters at Dundee where he held a number of posts.

He was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 1999 and was the central figure in driving the delivery of the force’s new communication centre and command and control system.

In April 2012, Hamish took up the post of Divisional Commander covering the Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross Local Policing Areas.

He is married with one daughter and in his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, keeping fit and playing the guitar.