Crime fig­ures con­tinue to fall in La­nark­shire

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Will Hen­shaw

For drug deal­ing and drug use there have been a to­tal of 51 de­tec­tions for sup­ply. A de­tec­tion is where the po­lice are suc­cess­ful in re­port­ing a sus­pect to the Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal, who will then de­cide if they go to trial.

There was a to­tal of 495 de­tec­tions for pos­ses­sion, rep­re­sent­ing an in­crease of nine per cent from last year

And for house­break­ing and theft there was a 16 per cent re­duc­tion in the num­ber of house­break­ings while Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Po­lice had a de­tec­tion rate of 43.3 per cent. This was the best de­tec­tion rate for the whole of Scot­land and was almost more than dou­ble their tar­get of 23 per cent.

Speak­ing of the fig­ures, Chief In­spec­tor O’Cal­laghan ( 48) said: “It’s down to the hard work and com­mit­ment of the lo­cal po­lice of­fi­cers in terms of com­mit­ment and of our lo­cal com­mu­nity polic­ing teams and our lo­cal re­sponse teams.

“This shows that we are con­tin­u­ing to build upon the good work of my pre­de­ces­sor Craig Ritchie.

“It’s the best per­form­ing sub­di­vi­sion in La­nark­shire, with re­gards to the fig­ures.

“If you look at the fig­ures, there has been a sig­nif­i­cant fall in the num­ber of peo­ple who have re­ported be­ing robbed and se­ri­ously as­saulted.

“We are re­duc­ing the num­ber of house­break­ings but we also have the best de­tec­tion rate in Scot­land.”

Although there has been an in­crease in the num­ber of de­tec­tions for drug pos­ses­sion, the chief in­spec­tor said this was down to po­lice tar­get­ing the right peo­ple dur­ing their stop searches: “That’s down to the pro ac­tive stop search ac­tiv­i­ties. In this area, about one in four stop searches re­sults in a pos­i­tive out­come, whether that’s drugs, weapons or al­co­hol be­ing de­tected. That shows we’re con­tin­u­ing to tar­get right in­di­vid­u­als.

“The chal­lenge is to con­tinue to iden­tify the con­cerns of the com­mu­nity.

“If there is any dis­rup­tion in the com­mu­nity we will deal with it and deal with it ro­bustly.”

Re­duc­tion Chief in­spec­tor Pat O’Cal­laghan talked us through the fig­ures

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