Police Scotland Edinburgh Division
Police Scotland - Edinburgh Division
Scotland's capital city of Edinburgh was recently ranked as one
of the top five safest cities in the UK (YouGov poll 2009), and
regularly plays host to international sporting and cultural events
and celebrations, including the famous Edinburgh Festivals and the
International Military Tattoo.
The divisional headquarters is St. Leonard's Police Station in
central Edinburgh where the Local Police Commander, four
functional Superintendents and a Detective Superintendent are
located. The station also houses the Divisional Custody
Centre. There are 14 other stations across the city (inclusive of
the Police Information Centre).
Edinburgh Division covers a large geographic area from Leith in
the North of the city to the Pentlands in the South, with a
resident population of around 486,000 - swelling to almost double
that during the summer months.
There is a staff of 1300 police officers and 240 police staff,
which make it is one of the largest police divisions in the UK.
The Division has aligned with the respective local councils with
each having a dedicated Area Commander who has the responsibility
for all day-to-day policing functions.
Each area is served by a number of community policing teams.
These teams are built around the needs of local people. They are
responsible for responding to calls in the local area, as well as
looking for long term solutions to key issues and keeping people
The purpose of Police Scotland Edinburgh Division along with
its strategic partners is to:
- prevent crime,
- keep the peace,
- protect and reassure the community,
- uphold the law firmly and fairly, and
- pursue and identify those who break the law
The current priorities for the Police Scotland Edinburgh
1. Public safety
2. Antisocial behaviour
3. Serious and organised crime
Chief Inspector Alwyn Bell
St.Leonards Police Station, 14 St.Leonards Street,