New police chief constable appointed

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George Graham will take over at Northern early next year

A new chief constable has been appointed at Northern Constabulary.

George Graham is deputy chief constable at Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, which he joined in 1982.

He was previously chief superintendent, head of operations, and represents the force on the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland (Acpos).

Mr Graham will succeed Ian Latimer, who will retire from Northern Constabulary's top job next spring after 10 years in the post.

Norman Macleod, convener of the Northern Joint Police Board, said the board interviewed four strong candidates for the role.

He added: "Mr Graham's 27 years experience within the Scottish Police Service clearly demonstrated that he is very suitable chief constable for Northern Constabulary.

"We look forward to welcoming him to the area and working with Mr Graham to continue to lead a high performing force, on the retiral of Mr Latimer in April 2011."

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