Central Scotland Police covers an area stretching from Bo'ness to Balfron and Maddiston to Muckhart, truly spanning the heart of Scotland.
The Force area lies between Strathclyde and Lothian and Borders Police areas to the west and east, with Tayside and Fife Constabulary also bordering Central Scotland.
Central Scotland Police area covers the local authority areas of Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils. The total population of the Force is more than 281, 000 and rising in an area of 1024 sq miles.
The area is said to reflect Scotland in miniature. There is a rich mix of some of the most historic sites in the country, including Bannockburn, Stirling Castle and the Wallace Monument, stunning countryside such as the splendour of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, a rich industrial heritage, tourist attractions such as the Falkirk Wheel, major university and Further Education campuses, one of the biggest petrochemical complexes in Europe at Grangemouth, a major seaport, vibrant town and city centres and major motorways and trunk routes.
The Force is divided in three Area Commands covering Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire.
Falkirk lies a the junction of the Forth and Clyde and Union canals. The town occupies a key position on the major motorways and rail links between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The town and area in general has been of strategic importance since the Roman era. It is the location of the Antonine Wall, the remains of which can still be seen in certain places.
Economically Falkirk is important to Scotland. The petrochemical complex at Grangemouth is home to many companies, whilst Grangemouth is also home to the country's biggest deep-sea container port. Britain's biggest bus manufacturer, Alexander Dennis, is also located in Falkirk at Camelon. A wide range of manufacturing, timber, biotech and distribution companies are also based in the area.
In terms of culture, Falkirk Area Command has something for everyone, including Callander House, the Falkirk Steeple, Bo'ness and Kinneil steam railway and a PremierLeague football club.
The ancient burgh of Stirling lies clustered around the City's castle and old town. It is the former capital of the Kingdom of Scotland. It was granted city status in 2002 as part of the Queen's Golden Jubilee celebrations.
Stirling has played a significant role in Scottish history throughout the centuries with major battles having taken place here including at Bannockburn in 1314.