George Macdonald

Chief Superintendent George MacDonald has been appointed as the new Divisional Commander for Highland and Islands Division.

Mr MacDonald takes over the post from Superintendent Philip MacRae who will now be responsible for partnership working across the Highlands and Islands.

Originally from North Sutherland, Mr MacDonald began his career with Grampian Police in 1991. His police career has seen him undertake a variety of roles, including operational policing at all ranks, CID, Intelligence and extensive Partnership Working with public, private and voluntary sectors. He has previously worked both within Aberdeen City and the rural communities of Aberdeenshire and Moray.

Chief Superintendent George MacDonald said: "I am delighted to take on the role of Divisional Commander for Highland and Islands. From a personal perspective I am looking forward to returning to living and working in the area, I am humbled and extremely proud to be given the opportunity to lead policing in the Highland and Islands. For me personally, this is one of the best roles in Police Scotland and it is a privilege to have the responsibility.

"My initial observations are that we have some excellent staff, doing a fantastic job to deliver the very best for all the communities across the Highlands and Islands. I look to build on these foundations.

"There are strong partnerships across the area and similarly it is my intention to build on these to ensure that the collective focus is excellent service and outcomes for our communities."