Back-to-ba­sics ap­proach is win­ner with pub­lic

East Kilbride News - - NEWS -

Hello and wel­come to this week’s edi­tion of the East Kil­bride News.

When­ever you hear the is­sue of law and or­der dis­cussed, you can be sure the phrase ‘bob­bies on the beat’ will soon fol­low.

A gen­er­al­i­sa­tion, per­haps, but folk just feel in­her­ently safer when they see of­fi­cers on their streets and have a po­lice of­fice in their town.

The pub­lic want of­fi­cers on pa­trol, pre­vent­ing and solv­ing crimes and giv­ing ad­vice, and not stuck in of­fices fill­ing in pa­per­work.

On pages 12 and 13 of today’s pa­per, we have a fea­ture on the new com­mu­nity po­lice of­fi­cers cur­rently as­signed to the six South La­nark­shire Coun­cil wards across East Kil­bride and Avon­dale and East Kil­bride town cen­tre.

We spent time with PCs Colin El­liott and Barry O’Con­nor on their patch.

They tell of pos­i­tive feed­back from lo­cal folk and how a friendly cup of tea with a mem­ber of the pub­lic led to the un­cov­er­ing of a drugs haul.

The cre­ation of Po­lice Scot­land as well as the clo­sure of some po­lice of­fices has not gone down well with many.

But this back-to-ba­sics com­mu­nity ap­proach looks a real win­ner.

Else­where, and don’t miss out on your chance to win with the News.

Our pop­u­lar £50 EK, East Kil­bride gift card com­pe­ti­tion is on page 16 and you could win a £50 gift voucher if you en­ter our Di Mag­gio’s East Kil­bride com­pe­ti­tion on page 24.

Mean­while, we have a bumper eight­page pull-out of P1 pic­tures in the cen­tre of the pa­per.

Those of you look­ing for the class pic­tures from Green­burn, Glass­ford, Sand­ford, Car­munnock and Gil­mour­ton pri­maries should get next week’s pa­per as they com­plete our an­nual fea­ture. Colin Pater­son

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