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Police / New area commander takes up post in Shetland

Chief inspector Stuart Clemenson.

A POLICE officer with a career spanning a variety of operational and specialist roles has been appointed as the new area commander for Shetland.

Chief inspector Stuart Clemenson took up the post in the islands last Thursday.

The new area commander said: “I am delighted to have been successful in the application process to be the new area commander of Shetland and look forward to displaying all my knowledge, skills and operational experience to ensure I remain responsive, accountable and tailored to meet local needs of the local communities of Shetland.”

His 25-year policing career so far began in Glasgow North and East Dunbartonshire in the late 1990s, followed by six years working in road policing in Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

He returned to Glasgow in 2007 to police the one square mile of Glasgow city centre, followed by a spell as lead planner for a number of major events in the city.

He was involved in the inaugural project team set up for the creation of Police Scotland where he witnessed first-hand the environmental and geographical challenges faced by the new single police service.

Clemenson was promoted to sergeant, working in Lanarkshire and on national projects before promotion again to inspector in 2015.

Initially he worked in Glasgow before being recruited as a staff officer to the Police Scotland executive. He has subsequently served on a number of national protects and as part of the planning team for the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow.

Clemenson succeeds chief inspector Paul Daley who only was appointed to the role of area commander in May last year but has since decided to move on within Police Scotland.