The Garioch Community Policing Team is strengthening its team in Inverurie with the creation of a new role to support local policing objectives.
The role is being created in the Garioch Policing Team following the retiral of a popular local officer.
Local Policing Inspector Jon Millar said: “We have set up a new role to support local policing objectives and also to provide additional support internally to new probationers who join the team.
“PC Doug McMann has been an officer for 30 years with the last nine years at Inverurie and is known to many of the community groups, local kids and has frequently been seen in and around Inverurie town centre, providing reassurance and preventative high visibility policing.
“With his imminent retiral it was a good opportunity to assess the great work that Doug has done and develop a role which will ensure the positive engagement that he has carried out continues.
“I am therefore delighted to advise that PC Steve Middleton will be taking on the role. Steve is already part of the Garioch Policing Team where he has worked for 10 years.
“Steve will be working proactively to address local concerns and proprieties such as antisocial behaviour, reducing acquisitive crime, particularly car crime and road safety under Operation Cedar with emphasis on reducing speeding on local roads.
“In addition to this he will lead on tutoring new staff as they find their feet in community policing throughout Garioch.
“We will be welcoming a new probationer officer into the Garioch team this month and Steve will ensure they have a smooth transition into life on the beat and help mentor them as they put the skills and knowledge they have learned at the Scottish Police College into practice.
“The role will enable Steve to focus on sharing his skills with new staff whilst tacking local problems that affect our communities and I’m confident that he will rise to the challenge. The work that he and the officers in the community policing team undertake will make a difference to the Garioch area.”
Inspector Millar added: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Doug for all of his hard work over his career in the police, especially for the significant contribution he has made to policing here in Inverurie over recent years. I wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Speaking about his appointment, PC Steve Middleton said: “I’m delighted to take on this new role within the Garioch Community Policing Team and I am looking forward to sharing my experience with those new staff that will join us in the coming months.
Councillor Fergus Hood, Chair of the Garioch Area Committee said: “The work that PC Doug McMann has done for local communities has been excellent and I wish him all the best in his retirement. I welcome the new appointment of Steve Middleton and look forward to seeing the positive contribution he and new probationers will make to safety of our local communities.”