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Police / Police to get new area commander as Clemenson to move to Inverness

Shetland area commander chief inspector Stuart Clemenson: ‘We do everything we can to take as many drugs off the street as we can.’
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SHETLAND is to get a new police area commander later this summer as current chief inspector Stuart Clemenson has been appointed to a new role which will see him leading a force planning group based in Inverness.

Clemenson will have been at the helm of the local police force for exactly two and half years when he leaves his post at the end of June. He said the local post is already advertised internally with a closing date of next Wednesday.

During his time in Shetland, the focus of police work was very much on intercepting the flow of controlled drugs into the isles.

Over the last two and half years around £1 million worth of drugs have been seized by police, often with the help of the Dogs Against Drugs charity.

Clemenson said he had enjoyed his time in Shetland immensely as it offered a very different policing experience including all the logistical challenges of providing a public service in an island community.

“I have really enjoyed it, but with everything else there comes a shelf life, and it is time now for me for some lateral development, but also for somebody else to come in with a fresh set of eyes, and a fresh drive and determination to keep the ship of Shetland moving along,” he said.

The news was announced at a meeting of Shetland’s community safety and resilience board on Wednesday.

Chairman Allison Duncan thanked Clemenson for his work in Shetland.

The police chief told the meeting that working in Shetland has been the highlight of his career and said the isles were a great example of community resilience in action.

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