Police reveal top cops

six Assistant Chief Constables for Police Scotland, the new service which will take on Scotland-wide responsibilities from April 1, have been announced by the Scottish Police Authority.

They are: Mike McCormick (Local Policing East), Derek Penman (Local Policing North), Wayne Mawson (Local Policing West), Malcolm Graham (Serious Crime and Public Protection), Ruaraidh Nicolson (Serious Organised Crime and Counter Terrorism) and Bernie Higgins (Operational Support).

All will be based in the interim headquarters for Police Scotland at Tulliallan Castle but will spend a significant amount of time in communities.

In police there are currently eight chiefs, nine deputy chiefs and 13 assistant chiefs costing around £4.8 million a year. The new service will have a slimmer command structure of one chief, four DCCs and six ACCs – costing less than £2 million a year. All Assistant Chief Constables have been appointed on a permanent basis. The salary will be between £90,726 and £105,849. The six 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.

Vic Emery, Chair of the SPA, said: “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.”