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New police chief set for Lothians
David Strang
David Strang takes up the post at the end of March
The new chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police has been announced.

David Strang, who is currently the Chief Constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, takes up the post at the end of March.

The 48-year-old was chosen during a selection process in which seven senior officers were considered for the post.

He replaces Paddy Tomkins, who has taken up the 173,000-a-year post as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland.

David Strang is an experienced and respected police officer who will bring a wealth of experience to Lothian and Borders Police
Eric Milligan
Lothian and Borders Police Board convener

Councillor Eric Milligan, convener of the Lothian and Borders Police Board, welcomed the appointment.

He said: "David Strang is an experienced and respected police officer who will bring a wealth of experience to Lothian and Borders Police."

Ch Insp Tomkins said he was delighted by the appointment of Mr Strang.

He said: "I am sure David Strang will take Lothian and Borders Police forward and ensure the force cements its reputation as one of the leading police forces in the United Kingdom."

Mr Strang has been chief constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary since August 2001.

In a statement he said: "In my five years in Dumfries and Galloway the force has made a great deal of progress in a number of areas.

"I am particularly proud of the operations that have seen some of the region's major drug dealers taken off the streets.

"The force will continue to tackle issues of public concern such as drug dealing and making the roads safer."

Mr Strang was President of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) for a year from July 2004.

Queen's Police Medal

He is now the chairman of the Acpos Criminal Justice Business Area and the Acpos representative on the National Criminal Justice Board.

A spokeswoman for Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary said they would be advertising for a new chief constable to be in place by the time Mr Strang leaves.

Before his appointment as the force's chief constable, he worked in Edinburgh as assistant chief constable of Lothian and Borders Police.

He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal in the Golden Jubilee Birthday Honours in 2002.

Mr Strang was brought up in Glasgow and began his police career with the Metropolitan Police in London in 1980.

He holds a BSc degree in engineering science from the University of Durham and an MSc in organisational behaviour from Birkbeck College, University of London.

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