New inspector takes over the Buchan area
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A local police office who was brought up in the Buchan area has taken charge of an area close to his heart.
Police inspector Rory Campbell said: "I am delighted to have been appointed as the new inspector for the Buchan area and I look forward to engaging with the local community and other partner organisations to build an understanding of the various issues facing in the area.
"I have 15 years Police service and have been based in the North Aberdeenshire region throughout the whole of my career.
"The importance of local knowledge is not lost on me, and I am proud to say I am native of the area, having been brought up in Fraserburgh, going to secondary school at Fraserburgh Academy, before attending at Aberdeen University.
"For these reasons, I am very passionate to deliver the best possible policing service to the local community.
"I am very happy to be given this fantastic opportunity to work in the Buchan area again having served three years at the old police office in Peterhead from 2010 - 2013 as a uniformed officer and Proactive Unit officer, then latterly in CID as a Detective Constable.
"I started in 2006, based at Banff, and thereafter moved to Peterhead station in 2010 and stayed here for three years before moving to CID based at Fraserburgh.
"In 2015, I was promoted to a uniformed sergeant based at Fraserburgh and stayed in this role for two years.
"I was involved in a number of local initiatives tackling the local priorities for the area such as drugs and anti-social behaviour, violence reduction.
"At the end of 2017, I moved to the Divisional Alcohol Violence Reduction Unit (DAVRU) covering the North Aberdeenshire area.
"I was involved in working closely with our partners in social work organising local safer street initiatives tackling violence fuelled by alcohol and substance misuse.
"During this role I was also involved in the management of high risk violent offenders in the community following their releases from prison.
"In 2019, I became the detective sergeant of the CID Proactive unit covering the North Aberdeenshire area, tackling acquisitive crime and county lines drug dealing.
"I worked very closely with partner agencies in relation to targeting county line drug dealers and supporting victims of cuckooing."
He continued: "I am very passionate when it comes to dealing with victims who have been targeted due to their addictions and vulnerabilities and during my time in this role we managed to help a number of individuals get the help and support needed to start a new life away from the drug scene.
"In 2020, I became the detective sergeant of the Public Protection Unit again covering the North Aberdeenshire area.
"In this role, I investigated reports of serious sexual offences along with reports of offences involving adult and child protection concerns.
"I have a close working relationship with our partner agencies in relation to supporting victims of child protection concerns.
"I am a firm believer that police officers should be accessible, visible and approachable and as such I will endeavour to increase high visibility foot patrols across Buchan.
"I am very much looking forward to meeting as many local people as possible.
"I would encourage you to engage with my officers whenever you encounter them, to report any concerns and problems and, crucially, to remember that we are here to help to preserve both the wonderful vibrancy and tranquillity of the area."