Police pledge over local command structure of force

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The new Police Service of Scotland (PSS) has issued an assurance that command of the region will remain local.

Chief Superintended Kate Thomson was earlier this year named as local policing commander for Dumfries and Galloway from April 1.

Dumfries and Galloway will make up one of 14 local policing areas. Kate will, as local policing commander, be supported by two superintendents, Mike Leslie in Operations and Graeme Galloway in Support and Service Development.

Local policing delivery will be managed by three area commanders: Chief Inspector Irvine Watson will command Galloway, Chief Inspector John Thomson will command Nithsdale and Chief Inspector Steven Lowther will command Annandale and Eskdale.

Kate said: “The policing service will remain much as it is at present. The three command areas will still see local inspectors in charge of stations at Annan, Lockerbie, Dumfries, Sanquhar, Castle Douglas, Newton Stewart and Stranraer. Local policing will still remain fully connected to our communities and servicing all the wards in the region.”