New Area Commander shares his plans

Richard Craig
Richard Craig

The new Area Commander for Aberdeenshire South has shared his future plans for the area.

Chief Inspector Richard Craig, who has over 20 years of police experience, will look after the area from north of Ellon to south of Laurencekirk and as far as Huntly and Braemar.

He spent the next 6 years working in Aberdeen after joining the Police back in 1991. Then he went on to then Traffic Department where he also worked in the Firearms Department undertaking Royalty Protection duties as well as going to the Netherlands during the trial of the Lockerbie bomber.

Over 10 years ago he was promoted to Sergeant working in Fraserburgh and Peterhead before being promoted to Inspector at Fraserburgh in 2007.

Promotion continued in November 2010 when he became Chief Inspector and worked in Recruitment and Training, National Police Reform, Area Commander Aberdeen South and latterly Strategic Partnerships.

He is also a trained Match and Event and acts as 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 responsibilities will cover the five community policing teams including Formartine, Garioch, Marr and Kincardine and Mearns.

Local Policing Commander for Aberdeenshire Mark McLaren added: “I am delighted to welcome Chief Inspector Richard Craig to the team. He brings a wealth of experience in operational policing.

“This is an exciting time for the Division and Chief Inspector Craig will build on the very real success that we have had in making Aberdeenshire one of the safest places in Scotland. We cannot be complacent and we will continue to work with our partners and communities in keeping people safe”.