Crime figures continue to fall in Lanarkshire
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