Geographically at the heart of Scotland, Perth and Kinross covers an area of 2,000 square miles and is home to 149,930 people (2015). The main centres of population are Perth, Blairgowrie, Crieff, Kinross and Pitlochry.
With iron-age forts, a Roman stronghold, over fifty castles and one palace, many battlefields and the last private army in Europe, it cannot be said that the area lacks history! Glorious scenery, numerous golf courses and some of the highest mountains in Scotland make the area a haven for tourists and also one of the most sought-after places to live.
While the city of Perth has undoubtedly had a long and distinguished history, there are several other towns and villages in the area of great historic importance. The former textile centres of Alyth, Blairgowrie and Rattray are now better known as soft-fruit producing areas and as gateways to the glens and mountains for walkers and skiers. Crieff, Aberfeldy and Pitlochry are long established tourist destinations, close to areas of outstanding scenic beauty.
The geographically diverse nature of Perth and Kinross presents significant challenges to officers tasked with policing the area. Throughout the year they are called upon to carry out duties at various major events, most notably the annual T in the Park music festival which can attract an attendance of more than 100,000 music fans from across the country.
There are 3 Locality Inspectors for Perth & Kinross, Inspector Kerry Lynch based at Perth Police Office with responsibility for the multi member wards of Perth City Centre, Perth City North and Perth City South. Inspector Craig Stephen based at Kinross Police Office, with responsibility for the multi member wards of Almond and Earn, Kinross-shire, Strathearn and Strathallan. Inspector Emma Bowman based at Blairgowrie Police Office, with responsibility for the multi member wards of Carse of Gowrie, Strathmore, Blairgowrie and Glens, Highlands and Strathtay.
These Inspectors will develop and enhance local partnership working and public engagement ensuring a problem solving approach is adopted towards local community issues, and that local community concerns and priorities are addressed in a co-ordinated manner.
If you wish to contact your local Community Policing Team or the Locality Inspector for your area, please select the appropriate Ward where the email, social media links and details of your local Police Station are available.
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