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New cop boss for Tayside

Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith, new divisional commander for Tayside, Police Scotland.

Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith, new divisional commander for Tayside, Police Scotland.

One of the officers behind the community based approach to the new Police Scotland has taken on the role of Tayside’s new divisional commander.

Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith took up his new role earlier this month, replacing Chief Superintendent Hamish Macpherson.

Mr Smith (48) began his career with the former Strathclyde Police in 1986 and has served in various other parts of Scotland.

He led the team instrumental in creating the new 14 division format of Police Scotland as well helping to formulate the force’s community based service approach. Mr Smith is also a trained crisis negotiator, public order gold commander, firearms strategic gold commander and a trainer on the Police Scotland events commanders course.

The Chief Superintendent said: “I want to pay tribute to the excellent work done by Hamish Macpherson and look forward to building on all that he has done in the Tayside Division to help reduce crime and keep people safe.

“The ability and dedication of the officers and civilian staff in the division has already impressed me and I am confident that we will continue to help make Tayside one of the safest and best places to live and work in Scotland.

“I recognise the importance of close working relations with our partners and will use this approach to build on the strong performance we have already seen in the first year of Police Scotland.”

 

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