Area Commander

Chief Inspector James Gillespie is the Area Commander for Hamilton and is responsible for local policing teams, performance management and the daily management of personnel.  

James is supported by Local Problem Solving Team Inspectors Derek Hamilton and Ross McCallum who have responsibility for community engagement and partnership working.  

Both James and Derek are based at Hamilton Police Office and Ross is based in Lanark.

Hamilton & Clydesdale Area Command

Hamilton is a town in South Lanarkshire, in the west-central Lowlands of Scotland. It serves as the main administrative centre of the South Lanarkshire council area. It is the fifth-biggest town (excluding cities) in Scotland after Paisley, East Kilbride, Livingston and Cumbernauld. It lies 12 miles (19.3 km) south-east of Glasgow, and 35 miles (56.3 km) south-west of Edinburgh on the south bank of the River Clyde at its confluence with the Avon Water. Hamilton was the county town of Lanarkshire.

Lanark, the central town in the Clydesdale area, is a small town in the central belt of Scotland. Its population of 8,253 makes it the 100th largest settlement in Scotland. The name is believed to come from the Cumbric Lanerc meaning "clear space, glade".

Lanark was the county town of the former county of Lanarkshire, though for many years Hamilton was the county town, before the formation of Strathclyde. Lanark railway station and coach station have frequent services to Glasgow. There is little industry in Lanark and some residents commute to work in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Its shops serve the local agricultural community and surrounding villages. There is a large modern livestock auction market on the outskirts of the town.

Your Priorities

  1. Counter Terrorism
  2. Serious and Organised Crime & Drugs
  3. Serious Violent Crime and Public Protection
  4. Road Safety
  5. Public Confidence & Local Engagement
  6. Acquisitive Crime
  7. Anti-social Behaviour and Hate Crime

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