Police appoint new area commander for Far North
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The Highland and Islands division of Police Scotland has appointed a new area commander for the North Highlands.
Acting Chief Inspector Stuart Fitzpatrick is taking overall control of policing the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross area.
Chief Inspector Fitzpatrick took up the post in July and succeeds Scott MacDonald, who has gone on to take up a new appointment as a project officer with the Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust.
Chief Inspector Fitzpatrick, who is based in Dingwall, introduced himself to local councillors when he attended his first meeting of Sutherland County Committee on Tuesday, August 8.
He said: "I am a new face to many of you but I am familiar with the area", going on to reveal that he had served in Caithness and Sutherland from 2005 to 2012 in the former Northern Constabulary.
During that time he rose through the ranks from detective constable to detective sergeant.
Latterly Chief Inspector Fitzpatrick has worked as a support inspector at Inverness area command – there are six area commands in the Highlands and Islands division.
County committee chairman Cllr Richard Gale and members welcomed him to his new role.