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Area Commander

The Divisional Commander for Edinburgh Division is Chief Superintendent Sean Scott.

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.

Local initiative - The Herbert Protocol

The Herbert Protocol is here to give you some reassurance and help keep your loved ones safe. This is a local initiative for residents living in the Edinburgh. The system provides the police with everything they need to know to search for the person living with dementia.

It’s a form that is kept at home containing important information regarding known routines, habits as well as descriptions of your friend/relative and details of their and others involved with their care. It can be handed to Police so that you do not have to worry about gathering the information during what can be a very stressful time.

Read the Herbert Protocol leaflet and form below for more information.

Herbert Protocol leaflet (PDF) 

Herbert Protocol form (MS Word) 


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Our Local Police Plan for 2020-23, which was developed following public and stakeholder engagement, can be viewed at the link below and outlines our priorities and activity to address the issues faced by Edinburgh's communities

Edinburgh Local Police Plan 2020-23 (PDF)

EqHRIA Summary of Results for LPPs (PDF)