Police Commander

What do you do for a living?

Police Officer - Local Police Commander -  Lothians and Scottish Borders Division

How did you get interested in what you do?

I wasn't given any career advice at school and 'drifted' into policing. However, this is not the message I'd want to portray to students!!!!

What was your journey to reach the role you are in today?

I have been a police officer for over 30 years spending some 20 years in the Metropolitan Police as a detective; latterly specialising in Murder and
Serial Sexual Crime. I transferred to Lothian and Borders Police in 2005 as Detective Superintendent, holding the portfolio for Major Crime Investigation, Drugs and Surveillance.  I then progressed to Head of Special Branch prior to being promoted to Divisional Commander for West Lothian.
I was appointed Local Police Commander for the Lothian and Scottish Borders in April 2013.

I have attended numerous specialist courses as I progressed through the ranks including Senior Investigating Officer, Firearms, Kidnap, Counter Terrorism, Sexual Offences, Leadership and Management. I attended a Leadership in Counter Terrorism Course at the Kennedy Business
School, Harvard University. I hold a BA in Business Studies from Napier University, which I recieved
after studying on a part-time basis.

Talk us through a day in your life 

No two days are the same!!! I normally hold a morning Tasking and Co-ordinating Meeting to review crime and operations over the previous 24hr period and ensure that resources are suitably tasked for the proceeding 24hrs. I attend a wide range of meetings on a daily/weekly basis which included a
number of business areas including Divisional Management, Event Planning, Criminal Justice, Child Protection and numerous partnership  meetings across the four local authority areas.
During Serious or Critical Incidents I convene Gold Meetings to determine the strategic direction of the particular incident or event. Although my role is prodominantly at a strategic level, I still get involved in operational issues and regularly work late evenings and night duty.

Was this your planned career when you were 18?

No - I wanted a career but I was unclear exactly what I wanted to do.

What did your parents want you to do?

Get a job!!!

What advice would you give to someone interested in your career?

It's a very interesting and rewarding career, with so many opportunies.

I intend to stay within policing and may seek promotion to the next level.