Divisional Commander

Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith is the Divisional Commander for Tayside.

Chief Supt Smith, 48, joined the former Strathclyde Police in 1986, serving in various roles in North and South Lanarkshire, Glasgow and Dunbartonshire.

He was the Divisional Commander of the South Lanarkshire Division before leading the team that introduced the 14 Division structure and the community based service approach for the new Police Scotland.

Chief Supt Smith is also a trained hostage/crisis negotiator, a public order Gold Commander and a firearms strategic Gold Commander. He is also a trainer on the Police Scotland Event Commanders course, specialising in the role of football match Commander.

He was appointed to the role of Tayside Divisional Commander in March 2014.


Tayside Division

The Tayside Division serves approximately 388,000 people over 2,896 square miles, covering the City of Dundee, Angus and Perth & Kinross council areas.

The Division has four territorial command areas - two for Dundee and one each for Angus and Perth & Kinross. Each area has 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

  1. Public Protection and Safety.
  2. Antisocial Behaviour.
  3. Road Safety.
  4. Serious and Organised Crime.
  5. Acquisitive Crime.
  6. Terrorism.
  7. Wildlife Crime.

Tayside Risk Register - Being Prepared

Emergencies can happen at any time. Challenges like severe weather, pandemic flu or transport disruption affect us all in going about our daily lives.

Local responders - those agencies who could have a critical role in responding immediately depending on the nature of an emergency - plan and work together in advance in order to be prepared to bring assistance when needed. Plans are in place that set out how partner agencies work together to bring help to people who need it in different kinds of emergencies.

These plans, including tips on how you can be prepared for emergencies, are contained in the Tayside Risk Register. Click here to open and read this document.