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Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie

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SIPR Practitioner Member
Police Scotland

Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie is the executive lead for Partnerships, Prevention and Community Wellbeing.

ACC Ritchie’s portfolio consists of the following business areas:

• Mental Health
• Children and Young People
• Drug and Alcohol Strategy
• Violence Reduction
• Rural Crime
• Hate Crime
• International Development Unit
• Scottish Business and Resilience Centre
• Prevention / CT Prevent
• Equality and Diversity
• Missing Persons
• Emergency Service Reform
• Civic Government & Liquor Licensing
• Cyber Education
• Academic Research and SIPR liaison
• Community Planning and Engagement
• Public Health and Whole Systems Approach
• Partnership Strategy

ACC Ritchie joined Strathclyde Police in 1991. He was a Superintendent leading the Local Policing Development and Support team at the inception of Police Scotland.

He was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed Divisional Commander of Dumfries and Galloway in 2016. From 2018, he worked in Operational Change and Resilience.

He was appointed ACC in 2019 and in his current role, he is responsible for developing new approaches to working with other public services to achieve better outcomes for communities.


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