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New chief constable takes charge
David Strang
David Strang takes over as the force's chief constable
A new chief constable has taken charge at one of Scotland's largest police forces.

David Strang, who was formerly chief constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, has succeeded Paddy Tomkins at Lothian and Borders Police.

Mr Tomkins has left the post to become Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland.

Mr Strang spent three years with Lothian and Borders Police from 1998, when he was assistant chief constable.

He was responsible for all policing in the city of Edinburgh, including a number of high profile events such as the Millennium Hogmanay Street Party celebrations.

Mr Strang, 48, said: "The force covers a wide variety of communities and faces very different policing needs varying from large rural areas to the specific demands of policing Scotland's capital.

Developing relationships with local community groups and leaders can only help contribute to the quality of life for local people
Chief Constable David Strang

"Whatever the area, I am strongly committed to community policing as a way to solve local problems such as drugs, misuse of alcohol, anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

"We need to invest in preventative initiatives, education and alternative activities for young people.

"Developing relationships with local community groups and leaders can only help contribute to the quality of life for local people."

Mr Strang had been chief constable of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary since August 2001 and was president of the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) from July 2004 to July 2005.

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

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