Tayside Police

Tayside Police
Tayside Police
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Area covered
Area Angus, Dundee, Perth & Kinross
Size 7,497 square km
Population 388,000
Formed 1975 (merger)
HQ Dundee
Divisions 3
Stations 27
Chief Constable Justine Curran
Website www.tayside.police.uk

Tayside Police is the territorial police force covering the Scottish council areas of Angus, City of Dundee and Perth and Kinross (the former Tayside region). The total area covered by the force is 2,896 square miles (7,500 km2) with a population of 388,000.

The force operates from 27 police stations and has an establishment of 1078 police officers, 151 special constables and 594 support staff, as of February 2008. Tayside is Scotland's fourth-largest Police force.

It was formed on 16 May 1975, with the region of Tayside, as an amalgamation of the Perth and Kinross Constabulary, Angus Constabulary and City of Dundee Police.[1]

The force is operationally subdivided into three Divisions, equating to the respective council areas - Western Division serves Perth and Kinross, Eastern Division serves Angus and Central Division serves the City of Dundee.

The work of the Force is overseen by the Tayside Police Joint Board, whose 18 members are nominated by the respective councils (7 by Dundee, 6 by Perth & Kinross, 5 by Angus).

Tayside are the first in Scotland, and the UK to pilot new social media software, MyPolice, launched on the 17th January 2011. In a three month pilot, ten local community officers from the Southern Perthshire area are testing the software by replying to community concerns, and using Twitter to engage with communities.[2][3]

The Scottish Government confirmed in September 2011 that Tayside Police will merge with the other seven territorial Scottish police forces between 2013 and 2014 to form the Scottish Police Service.


  • Chief Constable - Justine Curran
  • Deputy Chief Constable - Gordon Scobbie
  • Assistant Chief Constable (Temp) - Ms A Wilson
  • Director of Corporate Services - Douglas Cross OBE FCMA


  1. ^ "Tayside Police’s birthday milestone". Evening Telegraph. 2005-05-16. http://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/output/2005/05/16/story7136268t0.shtm. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  2. ^ "Tayside Community Officers Tweet on the Beat" (Press release). Tayside Police. 17 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Tayside Police trial 'tweet from the beat'". BBC News. 17 January 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-12201815. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 

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