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Police Scotland announces new Highlands & Islands Division commander after revealing two new appointments in the north


By Philip Murray

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Conrad Trickett.
Conrad Trickett.

TWO new divisional commanders have been appointed in the north of Scotland.

As of Monday, Chief Superintendent Conrad Trickett will take over responsibility for Highland & Islands Division, while Chief Superintendent George Macdonald will return to North East Division after serving the Highlands and Islands for the past three years.

A former Royal Marines Officer, Chief Superintendent Trickett has served in a variety of operational and corporate roles in the north of Scotland, including serving as an area commander for Dundee before leading on major events and operations including T in the Park and The Open in 2018, as well as emergency and resilience planning for the North Command area.

He has led contingency planning for major nationwide events, was seconded to the Scottish Police Authority for a period of his career and most recently helped lead the national resilience coordination for Police Scotland’s response to Covid-19.

The job moves come ahead of the retiral of the current North East Divisional Commander, Campbell Thomson, who will be leaving the force on August 14 following a 30-year career

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: “Firstly, I would like to thank Chief Superintendent Thomson for his service to both Grampian Police and Police Scotland over the past three decades. His professionalism, leadership and ability commands utmost respect across Scotland, while his dedication to the North East has been outstanding. On behalf of the entire force, I wish him a long and very happy retirement.

“I am also delighted to confirm the appointments of both Chief Superintendent Macdonald and Chief Superintendent Trickett to North East and Highland & Islands Divisions. Both bring a wealth of diverse experience and knowledge to their respective areas, and share in Police Scotland’s collective focus of protecting the people of Scotland while inspiring our officers and staff.

“Maintaining public confidence in policing has never been so important, and as the force navigates its way through such a challenging time it is absolutely crucial that the right people are in place to ensure that local, community policing remains at the heart of what we do. I know both Divisional Commanders will serve our communities well.”

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