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