The new Area Commander for Aberdeenshire South, Chief Inspector Richard Craig, has outlined his ambitions for the area.
He has more than 20 years of police experience, and will have responsibility for the area from north of Ellon to south of Laurencekirk and as far west as Braemar.
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.”
Chief Inspector Craig’s role will see him responsible for 5 community policing teams including Formartine, Garioch, Marr and Kincardine & Mearns.
He 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 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.’’