this Monday marked a change to the way policing in Tayside, and indeed Scotland, is delivered with the eight police forces consigned to the past and the ushering in of a Single Police Service of Scotland.
Tayside Police is no more, but policing in Tayside continues unabated with the creation of Tayside Division, one of 14 divisions that combine within the new service.
Within Tayside there are four policing areas, namely Angus, Dundee North and Dundee South, and Perth and Kinross. In charge of these policing areas are four Chief Inspectors all with extensive experience of policing in Tayside.
They are Chief Inspector Gordon Milne (Angus), Chief Inspector Shaun McKillop (Dundee South), Chief Inspector Conrad Trickett (Dundee North), Chief Inspector Mike Whitford (Perth and Kinross).
The policing areas comprise of a total of twelve local sections, headed by local Inspectors, and these are made up of 28 multi-member ward areas, where local community officers will be working hard to keep you safe.
In command of Tayside Division – one of Scotland’s largest divisional areas - is Chief Superintendent Hamish Macpherson.
Mr Macpherson has praised his officers and staff for the enormous amount of work that has been undertaken in the lead up to the change. He reassured the public that, while there had been significant changes for the organisation itself the communities would see little difference.
He said: “Through the years the Tayside public has expected very high standards from its police service and I am proud that the officers and staff of Tayside Police have consistently delivered in accordance with those expectations throughout the 37 years-plus of Tayside Police’s existence.
“They all deserve great credit for their continued high standards of performance in support and protection of the public, while at the same time assisting with the greatest transition in the history of our service.
“The process of change will continue apace, but it is testament to them that the baton will be passed from old to new without any impact on our service delivery.
“It is a new day and a new dawn for the Police Service of Scotland and for every one of our officers and staff. But the reality is that I do not anticipate that people will notice any obvious difference where they live and work.
“The community officers that were there on March 31 will still be there today.
“They will still be available to them where they live and we would encourage residents to take time to speak with them, particularly if they have any issues or concerns.
“Community policing and Keeping People Safe remain our priority.”
The Single Police Service of Scotland will mean that local divisions, such as Tayside, are able to draw on greater resources and specialist services more readily than ever before.
It will also lead to greater integration of IT systems, as well as information and intelligence sharing, all of which will be of greater benefit to the public.
The Police Service of Scotland will be a locally delivered service, supported by the best of national policing resources and expertise to ensure consistent high standards of delivery throughout the country.