Chief Inspector Richard Craig has been appointed as the new Police Scotland Area Commander for Aberdeenshire South and will be responsible for 5 community policing teams including Formartine, Garioch, Marr and Kincardine & Mearns.
Richard, who has more than 20 years of police experience, will have responsibility for the area from north of Ellon to south of Laurencekirk and as far west as Huntly and Braemar.
He joined the Police in October 1991, spending the next 6 years working in Aberdeen.
In 1997, he moved to then Traffic Department based in the City where he also worked in the Firearms Department undertaking Royalty Protection duties and also working in the Netherlands during the trial of the Lockerbie bomber.
In 2003, he was promoted to Sergeant and worked in both Fraserburgh and Peterhead before being promoted to Inspector at Fraserburgh in 2007.
He undertook a number of roles in this rank including Detective Inspector in the then Force Intelligence Section.
In November 2010, he was promoted to Chief Inspector and worked in Recruitment & Training, National Police Reform, Area Commander Aberdeen South and latterly Strategic Partnerships.
He is also a trained Match and Event Commander having recently had responsibility for Policing the Scottish Golf Open in Aberdeen. He is also a Senior Identification Manger during major incidents involving mass fatalities.
Outlining his ambitions for the area Chief Inspector Craig said
Aberdeenshire is a vibrant place to live, work and visit and I am extremely excited to be taking on my new role.
My focus will remain on keeping my part of Aberdeenshire safe for people who stay and visit the area. It is one of the safest places in Scotland and one we can all be proud of.
However, a thriving local economy does bring its challenges and there is no room for complacency. As Local Area Commander I am absolutely committed to keeping people safe and my focus will remain on listening to communities and targeting their needs.
The public priorities for Aberdeenshire South Area Command as detailed in the Local Policing Plan are
- Acquisitive Crime.
- Antisocial Behaviour, Violence and Disorder.
- National Security.
- Public Protection.
- Road Safety and Road Crime.
- Serious Organised Crime and Drugs.
Chief Inspector Craig added
It is a huge and diverse area to cover but it brings exciting challenges too.
A new police office at Laurencekirk will be opening soon which shows our commitment to keeping policing right at the heart of the community.
We will continue to tackle violence and road casualty reduction and will use all specialist resources within Police Scotland to assist in this.
Local Policing Commander for Aberdeenshire Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren said
I am delighted to welcome Chief Inspector Richard Craig to the team in Aberdeenshire. He brings a wealth of experience in operational policing.
This is an exciting time for the Division and Chief Inspector Craig will build on the very real success that we have had in making Aberdeenshire one of the safest places in Scotland.
We cannot be complacent and we will continue to work with our partners and communities in keeping people safe.