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DCC Ruaraidh Nicolson


One of Police Scotland’s top law enforcers, Ruaraidh Nicolson, who has strong family connections to Skye, is to leave the force

The Deputy Chief Constable who originally joined Strathclyde Police in 1983, will officially retire from the service later this year.

During his time in the police he served in a number of specialist roles including the Serious Crime Squad and Head of the Force Fraud Squad, rising through the ranks. 

In 2001, he was seconded to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for three months as part of an exchange programme to develop and exchange ‘best practice’ amongst forces and 2002 was promoted to area Detective Superintendent and then to Deputy Head of Crime Division (Operations).

In 2004, he was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Department and in 2010, he was appointed Temporary Assistant Chief Constable (Strategic Development and Organisational Change), with responsibility for Community Safety and Criminal Justice before moving to Crime and Safer Communities in 2011. 

In October 2012, he was appointed as Temporary Deputy Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police and in the same year was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal. 

In January 2013, he was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable responsible for Organised Crime, Counter Terrorism and Safer Communities in Police Scotland. In May 2016 he was appointed Deputy Chief Constable Crime and Operational Support on ab interim basis.

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