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Tayside force appoints first female chief

Chief Constable Justine Curran
Justine Curran has been at Tayside Police since 2008

Tayside Police has appointed its first female chief constable.

Justine Curran, 42, has been acting chief constable since the retirement of Kevin Mathieson in August 2009. She joined the force in 2008.

The convener of Tayside Joint Police Board, Councillor Ian Mackintosh, said the appointment of Ms Curran had been a unanimous decision.

The councillor said she was an officer of "outstanding ability" who would be a "great asset" to policing in Tayside.

Chief Constable Curran, who was born in Sheffield and grew up in Lancashire, is expected to start in her new post immediately.

She began her policing career in Greater Manchester Police (GMP) in 1989, rising through the ranks until she became a chief superintendent for the force in 2003.

Ms Curran was appointed as assistant chief constable at GMP in 2007, before her move to Tayside Police in 2008.

She has been involved in a wide range of policing duties during her career, including counter-terrorism, public order and football policing, a spokeswoman for the Tayside Police said.

Mr Mackintosh said: "Since her arrival in Tayside, she has become an established member of the force executive.

"She is an officer of outstanding ability who is passionate about the importance of engaging with the communities of Tayside and the Board and I look forward to working with her."



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