Divisional Commander

Chief Superintendent Alan Waddell is Local Police Commander for Lanarkshire Division.

Lanarkshire Division

Lanarkshire Division serves around 634,500 people over 896 square miles, scattered in a diverse mixture of urban, rural and isolated settlements.  This area covers urban towns like Motherwell, Hamilton, Airdrie, Rutherglen, the new town of East Kilbride and the market town of Lanark, as well as smaller towns, villages and agricultural areas. 

The area requires policing tailored to diverse communities with varied needs and expectations.  The area includes Strathclyde Country Park where events held there have included the triathalon in the 2014 Olympics.  It is also home to a number of football Stadia including Fir Park and New Douglas Park.  The Division covers a stretch of the M74 down to the border with Dumfries and Galloway Division. 

Ongoing social and economic changes in North Lanarkshire have resulted in an ever-changing policing environment.  Modern business ventures and increasing employment opportunities are replacing traditional heavy industries.  The development of the Ravenscraig site will see massive changes for the division with the creation of the country's first new town in more than 50 years. 

The Division has six territorial command areas aligned with the respective local councils. Each 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. 

Lanarkshire Division works in partnership with both North and South Lanarkshire Councils as well as Public and Voluntary sectors in order to improve outcomes for children and young people. We want children and young people to be safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included in order that they can realise their potential and make a positive contribution to society. 

The Improving Children's Services Plan is the strategy that identifies the shared local priorities for integrated children's services, please click on the following link to view: 

Children's Services Plan 2012-2015 North Lanarkshire

Children's Services Plan 2012-2018 South Lanarkshire

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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