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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 April 2007, 09:07 GMT 10:07 UK
Smallest force appoints new chief
Chief Constable Pat Shearer
Pat Shearer was deputy chief constable in the Grampian force
A new chief constable has been chosen for the Dumfries and Galloway force.

Councillors have selected former deputy chief constable of Grampian Police, Pat Shearer, 51, for the post.

He has more than 23 years' service with Grampian constabulary, starting in 1983 as a constable on uniformed duties within the city of Aberdeen.

He is the eighth chief constable of the Dumfries and Galloway force and replaces David Strang, who moved to Lothian and Borders last month.

The council said Mr Shearer brought a "wealth of experience" to the region and he said he was pleased to have secured the post.

Great record

"I am delighted to be appointed as chief constable of Dumfries and Galloway constabulary," he said.

"What I see is that I am coming to a good force which has a great performance record and is very much focused on community policing, which I think is very important.

"I intend to continue building on the good work developed by my predecessor David Strang and I look forward to living and working in the area."

Mr Shearer will be in charge of a force which polices the third largest region in Scotland, covering an area of 2,380 sq miles.

It is, however, the smallest force in mainland Britain with about 465 police officers and 250 support staff.

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