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North Highlands has new police boss

By Gordon Calder

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A NEW area police commander has been appointed for the north Highlands. He is chief inspector, Jamie Wilson, who previously served in Sutherland and easter Ross.

In his new role he will be responsible for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire – one of the largest geographical command areas in the UK.

Mr Wilson joined Grampian Police in 1998 and served the diverse communities throughout the city.

He worked in the CID for six years and was later promoted from sergeant to community inspector.

Jamie Wilson is the new area commander for the north Highlands
Jamie Wilson is the new area commander for the north Highlands

Mr Wilson received a chief constable's commendation and Royal Humane Society Award for bravery after going in to Aberdeen harbour and saving the life of an unconscious man who tried to take his life.

The police officer was also part of the project team which received a Scottish Policing Excellence Award following the success of the body worn video pilot which involved Grampian and Strathclyde police and community wardens.

On his new job, he said: "It is a privilege to be able to work in the north Highlands and I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve the region as area commander.

"This is a hugely diverse region and I have inherited a committed policing team with officers serving in towns and rural areas across the region.

"We are all committed to ensuring this remains one of the safest areas to live, work and visit anywhere in the UK.

"We work closely with a range of partners and also listen to our communities at every opportunity and make sure that their main concerns, such tackling road safety, substance misuse and anti-social behaviour, are our priorities too."

Mr Wilson succeeds former area commander superintendent, Iain MacLelland, who has been appointed to a role on the Highland and Islands Division senior management team.

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