Fresh faces for the town cen­tre beat

East Kilbride News - - COMMUNITY POLICING - An­drea O’Neill

We’ll ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity when it comes to crime.

That’s the pledge from the town cen­tre’s new com­mu­nity cops – PCs Gemma Farms and An­drew Henry.

They have taken over from PCs Craig Struthers and Ian Pee­bles as East Kil­bride Shop­ping Cen­tre’s bob­bies on the beat – and the duo told the News they can’t wait to en­gage with shop­pers as they pa­trol the malls keep­ing the com­mu­nity safe from crime.

PC Farms, who started her ca­reer in EK five years ago, said:“If there are any in­ci­dents in the town cen­tre, we will be deal­ing with them.

“We ex­pect to mostly be deal­ing with shoplift­ing, dis­or­der – mainly round at the bus sta­tion – and miss­ing per­sons.

“But when we’re out and about speak­ing to mem­bers of the pub­lic we will mostly be ed­u­cat­ing the com­mu­nity about crime.”

She added:“If peo­ple are see­ing the same of­fi­cers here day in and day out, they will get used to us and hope­fully come and speak to us more.

PC Henry is the for­mer com­mu­nity cop for Strathaven with nine years of polic­ing un­der his belt. He said:“This is a re­ally good patch as you get to know faces of the lo­cals – it’s good to have that knowl­edge.

“Craig and Ian have done a great job here al­ready so it’s just about tak­ing over their man­tle.

“I think this post­ing will be more about crime preven­tion rather than de­tec­tion.”

I think this post­ing will be more about crime preven­tion than crime de­tec­tion...

Here to help PCs Gemma Farms and An­drew Henry are your new town cen­tre cops

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