Launch of new single service

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TODAY (Monday) marked a change in the way Scotland’s policing is delivered, with the launch of the new national Single Police Service.

The country’s eight police forces have been replaced with 14 divisions that form the new service and although Tayside Police no longer exists, policing continues unabated with the creation of Tayside Division, which consists of four policing areas - Angus, Dundee North and Dundee South, and Perth and Kinross - with four chief inspectors in charge.

Chief Inspector Gordon Milne will head the Angus area, Chief Inspector Shaun McKillop will be responsible for Dundee South, Chief Inspector Conrad Trickett for Dundee North and Chief Inspector Mike Whitford will have responsibility for Perth and Kinross.

The policing areas comprise 12 local sections, headed by local inspectors, that are made up of 28 multi-member ward areas.

Chief Superintendent Hamish Macpherson, who commands Tayside Division, praised his officers and staff for the work undertaken in the lead up to this week. He also said that, while there have been significant changes for the organisation itself, communities will see little difference.