Northern Constabulary Chief Superintendent Julian Innes has been chosen by Chief Constable Steven House as one of Police Scotland’s new 14 Local Policing Commanders.
Chief Supt Innes was named as Local Police Commander for the Highlands and Islands.
The 14 Commanders will oversee local policing operations across Scotland.
The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act states that the Chief Constable must ensure there are adequate arrangements in place for policing local authority areas. The appointment of local police commanders follows consultation with every Scottish local authority.
The 14 Chief Superintendents announced recently fulfill this requirement of the Act and places a focus on the delivery of local policing within a national police service.
Commenting upon his appointment today, Chief Supt Julian Innes said: “Here in the Highlands and Islands we enjoy some of the highest detection rates in the UK and it is my job to ensure that we maintain these high as we move into a new era of Policing in Scotland.
“The Highlands and Islands are among the safest places to live, work and invest in the UK and it will be my job, along with that of my colleagues, to ensure we work hard to keep people safe.”
Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick is tasked with overseeing the delivery of local policing across Scotland. Her local policing team also includes three Assistant Chief Constables who will work closely with the team announced today covering the North, East and West commands.
She said: “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.”