Police Scotland has appointed Chief Superintendent Gill Imery as the local commander for the Lothians and Scottish Borders.
She has over 27 years in policing, working in a variety of uniform and detective officer posts.
Most recently she has been part of Police Scotland’s Specialist Crime Division, where, as Detective Chief Superintendent for Local Crime and Public Protection, she led on all aspects of public protection, including the national Rape Taskforce and the National Human Trafficking Unit.
In her new role, she will take charge of an area stretching from Harthill in West Lothian to the Scottish Borders and including four local authority areas.
She said: “I started my police career in West Lothian and have had previous experience of working across all areas of this diverse division.
“I am very much looking forward to reacquainting myself with the area and its people and will be keen to understand the needs of the communities that we serve.”
After joining the former Lothian and Borders Police, the Chief Superintendent worked in uniform and CID and departments including Complaints and Professional Standards and Executive Support.
For three years, from 2004, she held a national role at the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency.
On being promoted to Chief Superintendent in 2008, she led the Safer Communities Department of Lothian and Borders Police.
Two years later, she took over command of Scotland’s capital, leading a team of 1600 officers and staff.
In June 2012, she was appointed head of CID for the former Lothian and Borders Police.
The Chief Superintendent, who takes over from Chief Superintendent Jeanette McDiarmid, is married with two adult sons.