A former Peterhead Police Sergeant has been named as the new Area Commander for Aberdeenshire South.
Chief Inspector Richard Craig, who has more than 20 years of police experience, will have responsibility for the area from north of Ellon to south of Laurencekirk and as far west as Huntly and Braemar.
He joined the Police in October 1991, spending the next six years working in Aberdeen.
In 1997, he moved to then Traffic Department based in the City where he also worked in the Firearms Department undertaking Royalty Protection duties and also working in the Netherlands during the trial of the Lockerbie bomber.
In 2003, he was promoted to Sergeant and worked in both Fraserburgh and Peterhead before being promoted to Inspector at Fraserburgh in 2007.
He undertook a number of roles in this rank including Detective Inspector in the then Force Intelligence Section.
In November 2010, he was promoted to Chief Inspector and worked in Recruitment & Training, National Police Reform, Area Commander Aberdeen South and latterly Strategic Partnerships.
He is also a trained Match and Event Commander having recently had responsibility for Policing the Scottish Golf Open in Aberdeen. He is also a Senior Identification Manger during major incidents involving mass fatalities.
Chief Inspector Craig said: “Aberdeenshire is a vibrant place to live, work and visit and I am extremely excited to be taking on my new role.
“My focus will remain on keeping my part of Aberdeenshire safe for people who stay and visit the area. It is one of the safest places in Scotland and one we can all be proud of.
“However, a thriving local economy does bring its challenges and there is no room for complacency.
“As Local Area Commander I am absolutely committed to keeping people safe and my focus will remain on listening to communities and targeting their needs.”
Chief Inspector Craig’s role will see him responsible for five community policing teams.