New area commander for South Ayrshire

Chief inspector Gary I'Anson
Chief inspector Gary I'Anson

Chief Inspector Gary I’Anson has taken over from Chief Inspector Eileen Taylor who will shortly retire after many years of dedicated service to the communities that she has served.

South Ayrshire is home to over 110,000 residents and spans an area of some 472 square miles, from Ballantrae in the south to the town and busy harbour of Troon in the North.

Recently, the diverse community of South Ayrshire has facilitated major events such as the Open Championship 2016. We look forward to the Scottish Airshow 2016 and also, as the birthplace of Robert Burns, the Burns Cottage in Alloway attracts thousands of visitors from around the world each year.

The main issue of concern to people across Ayrshire is anti-social behaviour, followed by drug dealing and drug misuse, according to the first results from Police Scotland’s new online survey, ‘Your View Counts’.

Chief Inspector I’Anson is now responsible for the daily management of local personnel, performance management, community engagement and partnership working within South Ayrshire including delivering on those key priorities identified through the ‘Your View Counts’ campaign. Gary will be permanently based at Ayr Police office.

Chief Inspector I’Anson said: “I am truly delighted to have been appointed to the role of Area Commander for South Ayrshire. I must pay tribute to my predecessor, Chief Inspector Eileen Taylor, who has done such a fantastic job through her dedicated years of service.

“I am committed to maintaining and building upon all the good work which has been accomplished for the continued benefit of our communities here in South Ayrshire. Having worked in Kilmarnock for the past year, focussing on improving service delivery across Ayrshire Division, I look forward to continuing to work with our partners in delivering a safe and inclusive environment for people who live, work and visit South Ayrshire.”

Chief Inspector I’Anson began his career with Strathclyde Police in 1996 where he worked in response and community policing in the Gorbals area – latterly working as a response officer in Ayr.

After promotion to Sergeant, Gary supervised response policing in East Kilbride, where he was again promoted to oversee response policing across Glasgow City Centre as an Inspector.

He was promoted to the rank of Chief Inspector in 2013 to Custody Division, responsible for the custody arrangements across the west of Scotland and Ayrshire.

Gary was born, raised and currently resides in Ayrshire. He is married with two young children and is passionate about sport and keeping fit.