More power for cops

Rutherglen Reformer - - Dance 2016 - Dou­glas Dickie

Cops in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang could be handed more power to deal with lo­cal prob­lems.

The Chief Con­sta­ble has an­nounced a 10-year plan that he says will “ra­tion­alise and mod­ernise,” the force.

Writ­ing in this week’s Re­former, Chief In­spec­tor Gil­lian Scott, who cov­ers Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, says the plan will look to strengthen lo­cal polic­ing.

Phil Gorm­ley was ap­pointed Chief Con­sta­ble last year.

Ac­cord­ing to CI Scott, the plans will be un­der­pinned by what she calls “four key pil­lars.”

These are: pro­tect­ing the public; lo­cal­ism and serv­ing di­verse com­mu­ni­ties ; a sus­tain­able op­er­at­ing model; and cul­ture and per­for­mance.

CI Scott said pri­or­i­ties will con­tinue to be: re­duc­ing vi­o­lence, dis­or­der and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour ; re­duc­ing deaths and in­juries on the roads; pro­tect­ing those most at risk; and counter ter­ror­ism.

She added: “What this means lo­cally for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang is that we will con­tinue to strive to work bet­ter to lis­ten to your con­cerns and de­liver sus­tain­able so­lu­tions to help ev­ery­one.

“The Chief Con­sta­ble has made it clear that he will em­power lo­cal po­lice lead­ers to use their dis­cre­tion and to make lo­cal de­ci­sions. We are presently re­view­ing our lo­cal com­mu­nity polic­ing plan in or­der to im­prove lo­cal en­gage­ment.

“Po­lice Scot­land are fac­ing un­prece­dented chal­lenges and we won’t get ev­ery­thing right all of the time. We fully ex­pect you to hold us to ac­count, but I can prom­ise that we will strive to de­liver ex­cel­lent lo­cal polic­ing and will en­deav­our to gain your trust and con­fi­dence.”

Read the full state­ment on our let­ters page, 34

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