Area Commander Chief Inspector Stephen Meikle is the Area Commander and is responsible for the daily management of local personnel, performance management, community engagement and partnership working within East Ayrshire in order to ensure that key performance indicators and outcomes within the Local Police Plan are delivered. Stephen is based at Kilmarnock Police Station. East Ayrshire Area Command East Ayrshire covers an area of 490 square miles from Lugton in the north to Loch Doon in the south. It has a population of 122,060 that lives in a mixture of urban, rural and isolated communities. Kilmarnock is the major urban area with a population of around 46,000. The remainder of the population lives in smaller communities ranging from a few hundred people to around 9,000 people in Cumnock. The area has historically been associated with industries such as mining, textiles and of course, whisky. Many parts of East Ayrshire are also strongly associated with Robert Burns. There are a number of buildings of historical significance in the area, including Dean Castle in Kilmarnock, which boasts an invaluable collection of medieval artifacts and Dumfries House in Cumnock, where HRH The Prince Wales often resides when visiting Scotland. East Ayrshire's Community Plan focuses on four key themes; Promoting Lifelong Learning, Delivering Community Regeneration, Improving Community Safety and Promoting Health and Wellbeing. 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. East Ayrshire Refreshed LPP 2018-21 (PDF) East Ayrshire Equality Impact Assessment (PDF) Summary of Results EqHRIA LPP Ayrshire (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.