Divisional Commander Gary Ritchie joined Strathclyde Police in 1992 and initially served in a variety of operational and community roles in North Ayrshire. As his career progressed he worked as an operational supervisor in Paisley, Glasgow and Ayr before being appointed as Area Commander for North Ayrshire in 2011. At the inception of Police Scotland he led the Divisional Policing Team which was established to develop the new operational structures and practices in Local Policing across the country. In 2015 he was appointed Superintendent in charge of Support and Service delivery in Edinburgh Division before taking up his current role as Commander of Dumfries and Galloway Division. Dumfries and Galloway Division Dumfries and Galloway covers some 2,649 square miles in the south-west of Scotland, an area of outstanding natural beauty in a mainly rural environment. The Division has two territorial command areas each having a dedicated Area Commander who has the responsibility for all day-to-day policing functions in that area. Each area is served by a number of community policing teams. These teams are built around the needs of local people. They are responsible for responding to calls in the local area, as well as looking for long term solutions to key issues. Your Priorities We are acting on priorities to influence policing activity in your area. For more information see the Multi Member Ward plans in your local pages. Dumfries and Galloway Local Policing Plan will be presented for formal approval on the 28th November 2017. Dumfries & Galloway Local Policing Plan 2017-2020 (PDF) Dumfries and Galloway Local Policing Plan 2014-2017 (PDF) PDF files on this page require a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader (download). If you would like this information in an alternative format or language - please phone us on 101 to discuss your needs.