Divisional Commander

The Divisional Commander is Kenny Macdonald.

Chief Superintendent Kenny Macdonald joined Strathclyde police in 1991, originally posted to Clydebank. He undertook a variety of largely operational roles around Greater Glasgow, including community policing and operational planning. 

In 2013 he moved as a Superintendent to Edinburgh where he was responsible for staff support and service delivery.

He was appointed as Divisional Commander for Lanarkshire in 2015 and began his current role as Divisional Commander for Edinburgh in January 2016.

Edinburgh Division

Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh was recently ranked as the safest city in the UK (YouGov poll 2014) and regularly plays host to international sporting and cultural events and celebrations, including the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the International Military Tattoo.

The divisional headquarters is St. Leonard's Police Station in central Edinburgh where the Divisional Commander, four Superintendents and a Detective Superintendent are located. The station also houses the Divisional Custody Centre. There are 13 stations across the city with the Police Information Centre now accommodating the Violent Offender Watch team.

Edinburgh Division covers a large geographic area from Leith in the North of the city to the Pentlands in the South, with a resident population of around 495,000 - swelling to almost double that during the summer months.

There is a staff of about 1,154 police officers and 96 police staff, which make it is one of the largest police divisions in the UK. 

The Division has aligned with the City of Edinburgh Council's localities, with each of these having a dedicated Area Commander who has the responsibility for all day-to-day policing functions in the 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 and keeping people safe. 

For regular crime prevention advice and updates on what’s happening across the Division, you can like ‘Edinburgh Police Division’ on Facebook and follow ‘@EdinburghPolice’ on Twitter.

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