The command team for Police Scotland takes shape with the appointment of six Assistant Chief Constables.
Confirmed by the Scottish Police Authority, the ACCs are:
- Derek Penman – Local Policing North
- Mike McCormick – Local Policing East
- Wayne Mawson – Local Policing West
- Ruaraidh Nicholson – Crime, Serious Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism
- Malcolm Graham – Serious Crime and Public Protection and
- Bernie Higgins – Operational Support
|Derek Penman||Mike McCormick||Wayne Mawson|
|Ruaraidh Nicholson||Malcolm Graham||Bernie Higgins|
All six are expected to take up their new roles shortly and will be based in the interim headquarters for Police Scotland at Tulliallan Castle – although the Local Policing Assistant Chief Constables in particular will spend a significant amount of time in communities.
Vic Emery, Chair of the SPA, said:
“Our focus as an Authority is to ensure that the new police service is ready operationally, legally and financially for day 1. Appointing a command team to provide the Chief Constable with the support he needs has been a top priority.
”The new team is taking shape, and the appointment of the Assistant Chief Constables marks another big step forward. Each of them will play a major role in working with us to ensure the people of Scotland continue to get the best possible police service within the resources available.”
Chief Constable Stephen House said:
“The six Assistant Chief Constables who have been appointed will play critical roles in the future of policing in Scotland. The team will now drive forward local policing, deliver operationally on organised crime, major incidents, counter terrorism, public protection and operational support.
“They will work closely with the Deputy Chief Constables to shape the best possible service for communities to keep people safe.”
All of the posts will share the same core responsibilities of supporting the Chief Constable in the achievement of the stated aims of police reform and in upholding the principles of Police Scotland.
Mike McCormick has been appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Local Policing East. He is currently the Deputy Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and is also responsible for leading the work in relation Local Policing as part of the National Police Reform Programme.
Derek Penman has been appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Local Policing North. He is acting Chief Constable of Central Scotland and also the ICT Lead for the National Police Reform Programme.
Wayne Mawson has been appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Local Policing West. He is currently a Chief Superintendent in Strathclyde Police and holds the position of Divisional Commander for Glasgow North East and East Dunbartonshire.
Malcolm Graham has been appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Serious Crime and Public Protection. He is currently a Chief Superintendent in Lothian and Borders Police and holds the position of Divisional Commander for Edinburgh.
Ruaraidh Nicolson has been appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Crime, Serious Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism. He is temporary Deputy Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police.
Bernie Higgins has been appointed Assistant Chief Constable, Operational Support. He is currently an Assistant Chief Constable in Strathclyde Police.
All of the Assistant Chief Constables have been appointed on a permanent basis. Their salary will be between £90,726 and £105,849, subject to experience.