Local policing area commanders appointed

THE FOUR Chief Inspectors who will serve as Local Policing Area Commanders within the Police Scotland structure have been announced today.

The Area Commanders in Tayside Division will be:

Angus – Chief Inspector Gordon Milne

Dundee South – Chief Inspector Shaun McKillop

Dundee North - Chief Inspector Conrad Trickett

Perth and Kinross – Chief Inspector Mike Whitford

Chief Superintendent Hamish Macpherson, the Local Commander for Tayside Division, welcomed their appointment and said:

“All four are excellent officers with extensive knowledge and experience of delivering the first class police service that the communities of Tayside deserve.

“Residents in Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross can be reassured that when it comes to building strong, effective local relationships to address the issues of greatest concern, they are in good hands.”

Chief Inspector Milne was raised in Angus and lives there with his wife, also a serving police officer, and their four children.

After working for a number of local firms, he joined Tayside Police in 1989 carrying out beat duties in Montrose, Arbroath and then Dundee, before transferring to the Traffic Department in Dundee.

On promotion to Sergeant in 1998, Gordon moved to the Operational Support Team, before returning to beat duties as a patrol sergeant in Forfar in 2002.

In 2005, he was promoted to Inspector and seconded to the specialist planning team responsible for the security operation around the G8 world leaders conference at the Gleneagles Hotel. Specifically, Gordon served as roads policing tactical commander and was responsible for the roads policing operation and more than 350 traffic officers from across the UK.

Following that he returned to Angus as divisional roads policing inspector, during which time he dealt with more than 70 fatal and life changing road-based incidents. He also played a pivotal role in the introduction of police powers to seize vehicles under anti-social behaviour legislation and planned the traffic management for the Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie in 2007.

Promoted to Chief Inspector in 2009, Gordon undertook a review of police custody arrangements and went on to work in the Criminal Intelligence Division, with responsibility for areas including Criminal Justice and Adult Support and Protection.

Chief Inspector Milne trained as a firearms officer and served in that role at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in 1997. He is also a qualified critical incident de-briefer and firearms tactical adviser and police search adviser.

As a search adviser, he has been involved in more than 300 defensive and evidence-based searches. He was also seconded as a firearms team leader to the Netherlands for the Lockerbie bomb trial in 2000.

Chief Inspector Milne said:

“I feel that I am coming home as it has always been my professional ambition to command policing for the Angus area. It will always be a special place for me and my family; I know the people and places well and I absolutely cherish the prospect of working with some very special police officers and police staff.”

Chief Inspector McKillop was born in Truro, Cornwall, before he moved to Scotland with his family as a youngster and settled in Bankfoot, Perthshire. On leaving Perth Grammar School, Shaun worked with a local building firm before joining Tayside Police in 1989.

Initially he carried out beat duties in Perth City Centre and then Pitlochry, before joining Perth CID. After almost a decade as a detective, he was promoted to Sergeant in 2002 and returned to uniform and Perth City Centre. A spell back in CID followed before he attained the rank of Inspector within IT Business Support in 2006.

Later that year he became Staff Officer to the then Chief Constable John Vine, a role he carried out for 18 months before he was transferred to CID in Dundee. He was promoted from Detective Inspector to Detective Chief Inspector in 2008.

During his time as Detective Chief Inspector, Shaun was the Senior Investigating Officer for the Mary McLaren Murder Investigation. He was played a key role in the formation of the Multi Agency Screening Hub, which brings agencies together to deal with child protection issues.

He led on the introduction of risk assessment training for police officers in relation to domestic abuse and was involved in the introduction of Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferencing in Dundee, which is aimed at providing support to victims of domestic abuse.

Shaun took up the role of Operational Chief Inspector in October 2011 and is responsible for managing the policing response in the south of Dundee.

He is married with two daughters and lives in Perthshire.

Chief Inspector Conrad Trickett was born and schooled in Chester before completing his education in Bristol. He spent eight years in the Royal Marines, holding the rank of lieutenant, before joining Grampian Police in 1999.

Conrad transferred to Tayside Police in 2003, carrying out beat duties at Longhaugh police office in Dundee before he was promoted and became section sergeant at Dundee’s city centre police office.

He took up a role in the Force Control Room in 2005 and in the year that followed had posts in Professional Standards, Emergency Planning and Dundee CID. In March 2007 he was promoted to temporary Inspector and took up a post in the T in the Park planning office and was thereafter involved in a wide ranging Best Value Review of Police Staff.

In April 2008, Conrad was confirmed in rank and appointed as the Downfield Section Inspector in Dundee. He was promoted to Chief Inspector a year later and moved to the Force Communications Centre as a Critical Incident Manager. That was followed by a posting to Governance & Development and then in August last year, he was appointed Operational Chief Inspector with responsibility for managing the policing response in the north of Dundee.

Conrad lives in Perthshire with his wife and two children.

Chief Inspector Mike Whitford has eighteen years of service with Tayside Police across CID and uniform operational policing.

He spent a number of years in the Perth and Kinross area carrying out beat duties in Perth and Blairgowrie. More recently he has been working as a Critical Incident Manager in the Force Communications Centre, with on duty responsibility for all critical incidents across Tayside. Central to that work has been identifying and supporting vulnerable people and protecting the public.

Chief Inspector Whitford and his wife live in Perthshire with their three children. As an active mountaineer and sea kayaker, his extensive knowledge of rural Perthshire often proves invaluable to the Force.

Mike said of his appointment:

“I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity to return to Perth and Kinross at this time, with the establishment of Police Scotland and the potential for more even more effective policing across the country.

“I am also really looking forward to working with and supporting the communities of Perth and Kinross, as well as all the police officers and staff delivering a first class service to the public.”