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ACC Ritchie

Assistant Chief Constable - Partnerships, Prevention and Community Wellbeing

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie is the executive lead for Partnerships, Prevention and Community Wellbeing.

ACC Ritchie’s portfolio consists of the following business areas:

  • Mental Health and Suicide Prevention
  • Children and Young People
  • Substance Harm Prevention
  • Violence Reduction
  • Civic Government & Liquor Licensing
  • Community Improvement Partnership
  • Safer Communities Violence Prevention Task
  • Force
  • Rural and Acquisitive Crime
  • International Development and Innovation Unit
  • Scottish Business and Resilience Centre
  • Prevent (CT) Delivery Unit
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Missing Persons
  • Public Health and Whole Systems Approach
  • Cyber Prevention
  • Partnerships
  • Reform Collaborations
  • UNCRC
  • Scottish Violence Reduction Unit
  • Victims and Witnesses

ACC Ritchie, who joined Strathclyde Police in 1991, was a Superintendent leading the Local Policing Development and Support team at the inception of Police Scotland.

He was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed Divisional Commander of Dumfries and Galloway in 2016. From 2018, he worked in Operational Change and Resilience.

He was appointed ACC in 2019 and in his current role, he is responsible for developing new approaches to working with other public services to achieve better outcomes for communities.


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