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New Deputy Chief Constable sworn in at Police Scotland

Will Kerr has 28 years experience as an officer and has moved from a secondment to the National Crime Agency.

A senior officer previously in charge of policing parades and marches and counter terrorism in Northern Ireland has joined Police Scotland’s executive team.

Will Kerr was sworn in as Deputy Chief Constable at the force’s headquarters at Tulliallan Castle, Fife, on Tuesday and will be in charge of local policing provision in Scotland.

Police Scotland said he has 28 years experience as an officer and has moved from a secondment to the National Crime Agency (NCA), where he was director of vulnerabilities with responsibility for leading and coordinating the law enforcement response to child sexual exploitation and abuse, modern slavery and human trafficking and organised immigration crime.

Before the NCA, DCC Kerr served with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) up to and including the rank of Assistant Chief Constable.

His role as ACC for Urban (Belfast) Region, involved overseeing the policing of all major events, including parades and marches, and his last role was as head of crime operations, encompassing serious crime and counter terrorism.

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Chief Constable Iain Livingstone welcomed DCC Kerr to the force (Allan Bovill/Police Scotland/PA)

Police Scotland Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said: “It gives me a great deal of satisfaction to welcome Will Kerr to the executive team at Police Scotland.

“I have no doubt his wealth of experience, both with PSNI and the NCA, will make him a valued addition to our service.”

DCC Kerr said: “I am very honoured to be taking up this role at Police Scotland and look forward to contributing to the work already under way to ensure we continue to offer the highest quality of policing to the people we serve.”

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