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New Police North Highland Area Commander

31st October 2014

Photograph of New Police North Highland Area Commander

North Highland Area Commander - Chief Inspector Iain MacLelland

Aberdeen born Chief Inspector, Iain MacLelland, was promoted to Area Commander for the North Highland area last month, taking over from Chief Inspector Ross MacKillop.

With family connections to Skye and the Western Isles, the opportunity to relocate to the Highland capital was gladly seized by Iain and his family last month.

Iain joined the Police in 1992, serving as a Police Constable in various posts across Aberdeenshire, including the Road Policing Unit.

Promoted to Sergeant in 2003, Iain was then based in Aberdeen city centre, working on events planning that including policing major organised events, such as football matches and rallies. Promoted to Inspector in 2008, Iain then transferred to Burnett Road Police station in Inverness in August this year, before stepping in to the new position as Area Commander for the North Highland area last month.

Ch.Inspector MacLelland reflects on his new role:

"It's a privilege for me to serve such a diverse and picturesque region as the north Highlands. Serving the largest geographical command area in the UK will not be without its unique challenges but I am confident I can build on the excellent work carried out by my predecessor, Ch.Insp Ros MacKillop, with the strong team we have spread across the area; all committed to serving the local communities we represent.

The Highlands remain one of the safest areas to live and I am committed to maintaining this statistic by working closely with partner agencies and listening to our communities at every opportunity. We have our main policing priorities as set out in local policing plan: road safety, protecting people, reducing violence, substance misuse, tackling organised crime and anti-social behaviour - I’m very pleased that crime rates continue to fall while detection rates rise.

As the Area Commander for the North Highlands, I am committed to ensuring the area remains a very safe and secure place to live."

 

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