Lanarkshire’s top cop on the move after promotion

Nelson Telfer
Nelson Telfer

Lanarkshire’s top cop, Chief Superintendent Nelson Telfer, is leaving his role to take up a new position within Police Scotland.

Nelson has been given a temporary promotion to Assistant Chief Constable with responsibility for local policing in the West of Scotland.

He took over as Divisional Commander for North Lanarkshire in February 2012 before assuming responsibility for the whole county when Police Scotland came into being in April 2013.

Nelson said: “For the past three years or so, I have had the absolute privilege of being the Commander of initially North Lanarkshire Division and subsequently the merged Lanarkshire Division.

“I have made many friends through various interactions and can honestly say that my time here has been extremely fulfilling, both professionally and personally.”

The amalgamation of North and South Lanarkshire Police Divisions saw Nelson in charge of over 1,500 police officers and up to 200 support staff.

Nelson added: “Lanarkshire Division has seen significant change in many aspects of our structure and service delivery, and it has only been with assistance of our partner agencies that we have been able to meet our organisational challenges and achieve outstanding results.

“I have been strongly committed to the principle that policing should respond to local needs and our work together has brought undoubted success in protecting the most vulnerable people in our communities and pursuing those that cause most harm.”