‘I’m grate­ful for sup­port po­lice get from res­i­dents in Mo­ray’

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IHAVE re­cently taken up the role as Area Com­man­der of Mo­ray and am de­lighted in do­ing so. Mo­ray is a beau­ti­ful place to work with vast cul­ture, breath­tak­ing scenery and, of course, great peo­ple so why wouldn’t I?

I have been a po­lice of­fi­cer for nearly 25 years, it re­ally doesn’t feel like it. It’s a priv­i­leged po­si­tion to hold and I don’t take it for granted.

I have never for­got­ten why I joined the ser­vice, al­ways hav­ing that real de­sire to help peo­ple and help com­mu­ni­ties. I have had the plea­sure to work in many com­mu­ni­ties in the north of Scot­land, in­clud­ing five years in Shet­land, so I re­ally un­der­stand how lo­cal polic­ing works and the ben­e­fits of lis­ten­ing to, and en­gag­ing, with peo­ple and their com­mu­ni­ties. I have worked the last 12 years in CID roles, in­clud­ing work­ing in the Ma­jor In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team, be­ing de­ployed to the most se­ri­ous crimes in the North of Scot­land, which in­cluded the High­lands and Is­lands, the North-east and Tay­side ar­eas.

I have also worked lat­terly in pub­lic pro­tec­tion, in of­fender man­age­ment and do­mes­tic abuse, and most re­cently I was the De­tec­tive In­spec­tor for the CID in In­ver­ness.

Since tak­ing up my post in El­gin I have al­ready met some great peo­ple both within the or­gan­i­sa­tion and out­with. Peo­ple have made me feel very wel­come. I am very grate­ful for the sup­port the po­lice get from the res­i­dents of Mo­ray.

I am im­pressed with the po­lice of­fi­cers work­ing within Mo­ray. They are com­mit­ted to the job and are re­ally driven in their ef­fort to de­tect crime and do their best for peo­ple. The crime rates are low, Mo­ray is one of the safest places in the United King­dom to live. But I will not be com­pla­cent. There are some ar­eas we need to im­prove and I in­tend to ad­dress these in the forth­com­ing months how­ever the over­all pic­ture is one which is en­vi­able to oth­ers, high de­tec­tion rates in crimes and low lev­els of vi­o­lence and dis­or­der. Great re­la­tion­ships ex­ist be­tween the po­lice, peo­ple and part­ners and I will build upon and con­trib­ute to these es­tab­lished groups.

I have re­cently met MSP Richard Lochhead and MP Dou­glas Ross and discussed the is­sues felt in the com­mu­ni­ties. I hope to en­sure reg­u­lar con­tact with Richard and Dou­glas. It’s im­por­tant I hear what the com­mu­nity are telling them. In the forth­com­ing months I hope to meet many more peo­ple in Mo­ray, con­tinue to meet their ex­pec­ta­tions but most of all keep them as safe as best as me and my col­leagues can, par­tic­u­larly over this forth­com­ing festive pe­riod and win­ter months.

Re­ally driven in their ef­fort to do their best for peo­ple

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