New area commander appointed

CHIEF Inspector Gordon Milne has been named as the new Angus local policing area commander under the new Police Scotland structure.

He is one of four chief inspectors who will assume command of the areas which now make up Tayside Division. Chief Inspector Shaun McKillop will take over Dundee South while Dundee north will be headed by Chief Inspector Conrad Trickett and Perth and Kinross by Chief Inspector Mike Whitford.

Chief Superintendent Hamish Macpherson, Local Commander for the division, welcomed their appointment.

He 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.”

Originally from Angus, Chief Inspector Milne lives in the county 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 and carried out beat duties in Montrose, Arbroath and Dundee before transferring to the Traffic Department in the city.

On promotion to Sergeant in 1998, he moved to the force’s 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, Chief Inspector Milne served as roads policing tactical commander with responsibility 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 antisocial behaviour legislation and planned the traffic management for the Open Golf Championship at Carnoustie in 2007.

Promoted to Chief Inspector in 2009, he 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.

He 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.”