POLICE Scotland's Area Commander for the Borders, Andy McLean, is about to retire.

Having joined Lothian and Borders Police in Galashiels in 1989, Chief Inspector McLean has served in various uniform roles over the past three decades.

In his tenure, he has worked within Response and Community Policing, Road Policing and Public Order roles.

Speaking ahead of his retirement Andy told us: "It has been my absolute honour and privilege to have worked for this organisation, and for Lothian and Borders Police beforehand.

"Putting on the uniform always gave me a tremendous sense of pride and while it will be strange to no longer do this each day, I am looking forward to the next chapter and what it will involve.

"While I've enjoyed all of my roles, being able to serve as Local Area Commander for the Borders is undoubtedly a career highlight and I am extremely grateful to all of the officers and staff I've worked with and who have helped make our area such a wonderful place to live.

"I'd also like to extend my sincerest thanks to the various partner organisations, whom we work closely with on a daily basis. Your support of our campaigns, operations and policing plans have been pivotal to the successes we have achieved."

Chief Inspector Stuart Reid has been appointed as the new Local Area Commander.

And he will officially take over on Friday, December 28.

Chief Inspector Reid has 23 years of service in both CID and Response Policing at all ranks from PC/DC to DCI/CI as well as Emergency Planning.

Ahead of beginning his new role, Chief Inspector Reid said: "The Scottish Borders is not only one of the most scenic and diverse regions to work in, but one of the most demanding and I relish this new opportunity.

"Throughout the region, the needs of specific communities vary greatly, from rural issues, to drug crime and road policing matters.

"I plan to build on the outstanding success of my predecessor and ensure that our policing approach reflects these very different requirements, so we best serve all of those who live and work within the Borders.

"It is also my intention to continue our close working relationship with our partner agencies and develop new initiatives, which can see us work together to improve the quality of life for our communities.

"I cannot wait to get started and am really looking forward to meeting the officers, staff, partners, elected members and general public for this amazing region."