Police Scotland announce Tayside Division police commander

Chief Superintendent Hamish Macpherson has been appointed as the Local Commander for Tayside Division – a post that places him in charge of the delivery of operational policing in one of Police Scotland’s largest Divisions.

Mr Macpherson today said he was relishing the opportunity to take Tayside Division forward into what is a new era for Scottish Policing and he stressed that the local communities can still expect to receive the high standards of service they have come to expect from their local officers.

He said: “We are involved in the most significant transition period that the policing service in Scotland has ever experienced. That change will be most apparent to our officers and staff, but the people of Tayside can be assured they will still be at the heart of everything we do.

“Police Scotland Chief Constable Steve House has made it absolutely clear that community policing and Keeping People Safe remain as the priority for all of us.

“While Tayside Police as an organisation will cease to be after March 31, Policing in Tayside continues without pause. Our officers will still be in your communities from April 1, building relationships locally and addressing those issues that matter most to you.

“Tayside’s officers and staff have consistently delivered a quality and style of policing that is of the highest standards. I am proud of the work that they do and that they continue to do.

“As a Tayside man born and bred, I am proud and privileged to be appointed as the Local Policing Commander for Tayside Division. I am determined to build upon the many years of excellence provided by Tayside Police to give the communities of Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross the effective and sustainable policing service they deserve.”

Dundee-born, Hamish was educated at Forthill Primary School and Grove Academy in Broughty Ferry, where he still lives. On leaving school he studied mechanical and electronic engineering and worked for a time as an electronic engineer before joining Tayside Police in 1986.

On joining the police, Hamish carried out beat duties in the Crieff, Auchterarder, Alyth, and Blairgowrie areas before joining the Western Division Criminal Investigation Department based in Perth.

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1996 and returned to uniform duties in Perth, working initially in Perth City Centre then within the divisional custody suite.

The following year Hamish was seconded to a national operation responsible for the tracing and DNA sampling of sex and violent offenders prior to being posted to Headquarters at Dundee where he held a number of posts.

He was promoted to the rank of Inspector in 1999 and was the central figure in driving the delivery of the force’s new communication centre and command and control system. Hamish managed the software development resource as the force delivered a computerised case management system to allow the electronic transmission of reports to the Procurator Fiscal Service.

He then went on to develop and implement the force’s personnel management system, SCoPE, which has now been adopted as the national application for the new service.

In 2005, Hamish joined the Professional Standards Department and was responsible for the investigation of complaints against the police prior to being promoted to the role of Divisional Chief Inspector within the Divisional Command Team at Perth.

Hamish was promoted to the rank of Superintendent in 2008, with responsibility for the Force Communications Centre and was responsible for the centralisation of command and control functions, the introduction of new call handling arrangements – including a single non-emergency number for the force and the introduction of new command and control facilities.

He then headed up a best value review of protective service and community policing within the force, which led to the introduction of the community focused policing model which is still used effectively by the force today.

The following year, on promotion to Chief Superintendent, Hamish moved to Headquarters Division and took on responsibility for Governance and Development, Performance and Planning, the Force Communications Centre, Operational Support, including Armed Policing and Emergency & Event Planning and Professional Standards.

In April 2012, Hamish took up the post of Divisional Commander covering the Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross Local Policing Areas.

Chief Superintendent Macpherson is married with one daughter. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, keeping fit and playing the guitar.