Perth and Kinross
Chief Inspector Ian Scott is the Area Commander for Perth & Kinross.
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.