Area Commander

Chief Inspector Neil McDonald is the Area Commander for Aberdeenshire North and is based at Peterhead. He is responsible for the daily management of local personnel, performance management, community engagement and partnership working within Aberdeenshire North in order to ensure that key outcomes within the Local Police Plan are delivered.

Neil joined Grampian Police in 1997 and having served predominantly as a community beat officer in Aberdeen he moved to the Force Intelligence Section for a number of years, before being promoted to Sergeant and moving to Fraserburgh. After a move back to the intelligence arena he was then promoted to Detective Inspector and worked on the National Police Reform Project before taking up a post within the 'A' Division CID in charge of Offender Management.

Thereafter he was the Area Commander for North Custody Operations within the Criminal Justice Services Division, before moving to his current post in May 2017.


Aberdeenshire North Area Command

The Aberdeenshire North area has a population of over 115,000 and covers the large towns of Banff, Macduff, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Turriff and Ellon with additional smaller settlements, farms and associated open agricultural landscape, occasional woodland and a dramatic coastline all features of the wider community.

Industries such as agriculture, fishing and energy related services are embedded within the area which is diverse and has a rich cultural history.

There are four policing areas covering the multi member wards of Banff & District, Troup, Fraserburgh & District, Central Buchan, Peterhead North & Rattray, Peterhead South & Cruden, Turriff & District, Mid-Formartine and Ellon & District. Each policing area each has a nominated Local Policing Team Inspector, covering the Police Stations at Banff, Fraserburgh, Mintlaw, Peterhead, Turriff and Ellon.


Your Priorities

We are acting on priorities to influence policing activity in your area as can be seen in our Local Police Plan.

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