Divisional Commander

The Divisional Commander is Chief Superintendent Gareth Blair

Chief Superintendent Blair joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1990 and was posted to Edinburgh. He has undertaken a number of uniform and detective roles within Edinburgh and has served at every rank, across all areas of Edinburgh. 

Whilst within Lothian and Borders Police he undertook a number of Headquarter roles in Major Crime, Serious Organised Crime and Crime Strategy.  He also undertook secondments to the Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland), The Office of Police Ombudsmen Northern Ireland and the Metropolitan Police Service. 

In 2011, he was promoted to Detective Superintendent undertaking the role of Project Manager to design and implement the Police Scotland, Specialist Crime Division, amalgamating 9 legacy organisations into one. 

In 2013, on the commencement of Police Scotland, he undertook the role of Detective Superintendent in charge of Crime, Public Protection and Intelligence within Edinburgh Division. During this time he was the Chair of the Edinburgh Child Protection Committee, Deputy Chair of the Strategic Oversight Group and a member of Chief Officers Group. 

In 2016, he was promoted to the national role of Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Major Crime for Police Scotland. His portfolio included strategic lead for Disaster Victim Identification, Casualty Bureau and Family Liaison. During this time he led on the Force implementation of areas of the new Criminal Justice Act. 

In  June 2018, Chief Superintendent Blair took up his current post as Commander of Edinburgh Division. 

He is married and lives with his wife and 14 year old daughter in East Lothian. He likes to keep himself fit and loves playing golf and holidaying abroad with friends and family. 

Edinburgh Division

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. 

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.

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