New Police Inspector for Garioch, Darren Bruce, has highlighted that he wants to build on the already strong community relations in the area in his new role.
PI Bruce, who has 20 years of police experience, will have responsibility for Inverurie, Kemnay and Westhill.
He joined the police in 1997 and has worked in a variety of community-based roles throughout Aberdeen and the North East.
In 2003 he joined the CID and spent time in Proactive Units, Operational CID roles and went on to be the Detective Inspector within the Rape and Domestic Abuse Teams and lead in a number of high profile cases and Operations.
For the last three years, Inspector Bruce has led the Tillydrone Community Policing Team in Aberdeen.
Inspector Bruce said: “The chance to work in the Garioch area is a real opportunity for me. I’m from the North East, have worked in the North East but hope I can bring experiences from other areas to tackle and reduce some of the issues faced.
“I also understand it’s important that the Garioch area is policed to meets the needs of our public.
“I can already see a very strong sense of community in each of our towns and villages and commitment from partner agencies to work together.
“I want Police to be involved in our communities and like many other officers here, have roots in and a commitment to the North East of Scotland”.
“Garioch is a safe area and is fortunate with stunning natural scenery and I consider it a privilege to work in one of the most beautiful parts of Scotland.
“We are committed to keeping people safe and I am looking forward to strengthening relationships with the local community.”
Commander for South Aberdeenshire Chief Inspector Murray Main said: “I am delighted to welcome Inspector Bruce to Garioch and I am very much looking forward to working with him.
“Darren has a wealth of experience in operational policing which I am certain will assist in improving upon the delivery of local police services in the area.”