New Assistant Chief Constables appointed

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ACC appointment

Three senior officers have taken up appointments as Assistant Chief Constables helping to lead the delivery of policing across Scotland.

Val Thomson, Derek Robertson and Kate Thomson were recently appointed after a selection process.

ACC Val Thomson will lead the division which is responsible for Custody, Criminal Justice and Contact, Command and Control (5C).

ACC Derek Robertson is responsible for the local policing in the North command area, covering Highland and Islands, Aberdeenshire and Moray, Aberdeen City and Tayside divisions.

ACC Kate Thomson will lead local policing in the East command area, covering Fife, Forth Valley, Edinburgh and the Lothians and Scottish Borders.

Vic Emery, Chair of the SPA said: "These senior appointments bring a variety of skills and experience to Police Scotland's Command Team. Each have have a specific role to play in working to ensure the people of Scotland continue to get the best possible policing service."

Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said: “The three officers appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief Constable will play a key role in delivering policing across our communities.

“Each brings a wealth of experience and knowledge of policing to the role and they will make a significant contribution to how Police Scotland meets local priorities and in critical areas such as public contact with the police and custody.”

ACC Kate Thomson joined Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary in 1985, and carried out a number of uniformed and specialist roles within public protection and crime investigation, including assisting with the Lockerbie inquiry.

She went on to work in Professional Standards before being appointed Superintendent, Divisional Commander in Dumfries in 2006. Kate was later made Head of Crime Management Services.

Mrs Thomson was subsequently promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2011, and held the post of temporary Deputy Chief Constable in 2012.  She was Local Police Commander for Dumfries and Galloway Division until her appointment as ACC Local Policing East in Ocotber 2014.

ACC Derek Robertson joined Strathclyde Police in 1986 serving in a variety of operational and CID roles as he progressed through the ranks. In 2009 he was promoted to Detective Superintendent where he led the Major Investigation teams and was the senior detective who led the murder inquires into the deaths of Moira Jones and Zoe Nelson.

In 2011 Mr Robertson transferred to Lothian and Borders Police on promotion to Chief Superintendent where he was responsible for their Specialist Operations Division.

Mr Robertson then became temporary Assistant Chief Constable appointed as ‘Silver Commander’ for Commonwealth Games safety and security. Mr Robertson then took over as Head of Training and Development, based at the Scottish Police College. As ACC North, Mr Robertson will also lead national portfolios for Estates, Special Constables and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers.

ACC Val Thomson joined the police in 1988, serving initially in the Gorbals in Glasgow before moving into roads policing.

She then served in a number of Divisions and specialist areas, including recruitment and equality and diversity, before being promoted to Divisional Commander, Glasgow Central and West Division in 2011. During an 18 month period in that role she led on a number of high profile incidents within Glasgow City Centre, as well as a highly successful robbery initiative which saw significant reductions in robberies across the City.

In 2013, she was appointed as the Divisional Commander for Contact, Command and Control Division within Police Scotland and has driven significant change across that business area.