CHIEF Superintendent Catriona Paton has been appointed as the new Divisional Commander for Lothians and Scottish Borders Division, following the retirement of Chief Superintendent John McKenzie.

Having started her career as a Police Cadet in 1989, CS Paton has over 30-years policing experience across a variety of disciplines and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to this very important Divisional Commander role.

CS Paton said: “I am delighted to be appointed as Divisional Commander for Lothians and Scottish Borders and am looking forward to playing my part in keeping staff and those working and living in this area safe and feeling listened to, valued and supported.

“My thanks go to my predecessor Chief Superintendent John McKenzie and I wish him all the best in his retirement.

“Having worked in the neighbouring division of Forth Valley for much of the early part of my career, I recognise that when covering a vast geographical and diverse area there are many differing needs. My commitment will be to continue to work with partners in addressing the issues that matter most to those in each community and to delivering the very best policing service”