New po­lice plan com­ing

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As is com­mon with a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions Po­lice Scot­land con­stantly re­views its sense of pur­pose and core func­tions to help to en­sure that it meets the needs of the peo­ple it serves.

Many of you will know that our new Chief Con­sta­ble Phil Gorm­ley was ap­pointed last year, and af­ter a pe­riod of close scru­tiny he has out­lined a 10-year plan to ra­tion­alise and mod­ernise the ser­vice.

This process will be un­der­pinned by four key pil­lars which are:

· Pro­tect­ing the public – This is of course our key fo­cus and is about work­ing closely in our com­mu­ni­ties in or­der to un­der­stand the threats posed to those most vul­ner­a­ble to harm and to take ac­tion to sup­port these peo­ple and to mit­i­gate the risks

·Lo­cal­ism and serv­ing di­verse com­mu­ni­ties – Ev­ery area has vary­ing needs and it is im­por­tant that we lis­ten closely to our di­verse com­mu­ni­ties and de­liver, along with our part­ner agen­cies, so­lu­tions that im­prove the lives of those who we serve

·A sus­tain­able op­er­at­ing model - In or­der to meet the needs out­lined above we must have the right re­sources in the right places at the right time.

·Cul­ture and per­for­mance – We must en­sure that our work­force has the right skills and abil­ity to ad­dress the chang­ing and emer­gent de­mands and to en­sure we de­liver an ex­cel­lent ser­vice for our Scot­tish com­mu­ni­ties for the long term.

These pil­lars are set against a back­drop of a 40 year low in recorded crime in Scot­land and our pri­or­i­ties will con­tinue to be

·Re­duc­ing vi­o­lence, dis­or­der and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour

·Re­duc­ing deaths and in­juries on the roads while re­duc­ing the op­por­tu­nity for crim­i­nal use of the road

·Pro­tect­ing those most at risk of harm in our com­mu­ni­ties; tack­ling the causes and ef­fects of se­ri­ous or­gan­ised crime ·Coun­ter­ing ter­ror­ism. 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. Chief In­spec­tor Gil­lian Scott

Dear Mr Pur­die, Would you be will­ing to meet with my­self and Jen­nifer Gough to dis­cuss the fu­ture of South La­nark­shire’s (SLC) new One Stop Shop?

We are both par­ents of autis­tic chil­dren and used the Scot­tish Autism La­nark­shire One Stop Shop reg­u­larly. Par­ents were promised on May that SLC would open a like for like ser­vice and even im­prove on the ser­vice. Par­ents were also promised a sec­ond meet­ing.

Nei­ther of these have ma­te­ri­alised and I am amazed at the “sto­ries” that are be­ing told by SLC to pa­pers, the Chil­dren’s Com­mis­sioner and MSPs about the ser­vice which is be­ing of­fered at pre­sent.

So far ev­ery­one has re­fused to meet with me in­clud­ing Harry Steven­son.

If you are not will­ing to meet with Jen­nifer and my­self please can you ex­plain why as the peo­ple we are speak­ing to who are in­volved in set­ting up the “one stop shop” are ob­vi­ously not es­ca­lat­ing our con­cerns and the des­per­a­tion of the fam­i­lies.

Par­ents are sob­bing be­cause they are at break­ing point and there is not a full­time trained and ex­pe­ri­enced autism ad­vi­sor work­ing at this new ser­vice able to help them. Chil­dren lives are be­ing de­stroyed by SLC and the lack of autism sup­port.

All we want is for some­one to lis­ten to what fam­i­lies need and see how the clo­sure of the Scot­tish Autism La­nark­shire One Stop Shop has left fam­i­lies with noth­ing. Karen Noble, By email.

the Ja­panese city of Hiroshima, the first ever such at­tack in the his­tory of war­fare.

In the af­ter­math, de­spite an ap­proach made and terms of­fered, the Ja­panese gov­ern­ment gave no in­di­ca­tion of sur­ren­der.

Three days later, a sec­ond atomic bomb was dropped on Na­gasaki, a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of its pop­u­la­tion were of the Chris­tian faith. It is pos­si­ble that some, if not all of the bomber crew were also. Five days later, on Au­gust 14, Ja­pan sur­ren­dered, thus bring­ing to an end World War Two, the most ter­ri­ble in all his­tory.

These at­tacks re­sulted in the colos­sal loss of life and ca­su­al­ties, mil­i­tary and civil­ian, in­clud­ing al­lied pris­on­ers of war and de­struc­tion on a mas­sive scale.

In 1945, Ja­panese cities and towns had few stone or con­crete build­ings, they were highly in­flammable, per­haps they still are.

For the first time ever vic­tims were ex­posed to ra­di­a­tion. In the ini­tial stage of the at­tack, lives lost and peo­ple wounded would be the re­sult of heat and blast.

In the years that fol­lowed, ra­di­a­tion sick­ness would cause fur­ther deaths, mis­car­riages and other ill­ness.

With the cap­ture of Iwo Jima and Ok­i­nawa by US forces, the en­tire Ja­panese main­land was within reach of US mil­i­tary air­craft. In the tak­ing of these is­lands, civil­ian lives were lost along with ca­su­al­ties.

From that point on­wards, Ja­pan was sub­ject to round-the-clock bomb­ing. Some 56 cities and towns were tar­geted with con­ven­tional bombs, high ex­plo­sive and in­cen­di­ary de­vices, re­sult­ing in high loss of lives and injury.

The Ja­panese in these cities and towns were like those in Hiroshima and Na­gasaki, mums, dads, brothers, sis­ters.

Hu­man be­ings, they loved their chil­dren, just as much as Amer­i­can and Bri­tish par­ents.

If then, we are to com­mem­o­rate those who died in Hiroshima and Na­gasaki, are those who suf­fered loss of life and burns and wounds else­where in Ja­pan not wor­thy of com­mem­o­ra­tion also?

They were hu­man be­ings too, as those in Lon­don, Dres­den, Ham­burg, Cly­de­bank, Greenock, the Clyde val­ley, Dar­win, Sin­ga­pore, Cal­cutta, Berlin, Rang­gon and so many other places.

It was Ben­jamin Franklin who wrote: “There was never a good war, or a bad peace”.

Joe Al­lan

West­wood I am writ­ing to you to bring to your read­ers’at­ten­tion the rare ge­netic con­di­tion tuber­ous sclero­sis com­plex (TSC).

Not many peo­ple have heard of TSC, but ev­ery month 10 ba­bies will be di­ag­nosed with this rare ge­netic con­di­tion in the UK alone. And there are cur­rently an es­ti­mated 9,000 adults and chil­dren liv­ing with TSC in the UK to­day.

Tuber­ous sclero­sis com­plex is an ex­tremely chal­leng­ing con­di­tion for which there is no known cure.

If any reader would like more in­for­ma­tion about our fundrais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties please go to www.tuber­ouss­cle­ro­sis.org Emma Damian-Grint, Head of Fundrais­ing and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, TSA I was happy to read that the pro­posed march by In­de­pen­dent Repub­li­can Bands Scot­land did not get the go ahead.

I think the coun­cil and po­lice made a fair judge­ment on what can be a dif­fi­cult judge­ment on peo­ple’s right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion.

Given what hap­pened in 2014 when a riot al­most broke out in Castlemilk, the po­lice and South La­nark­shire Coun­cil could not, in good con­science, al­low this parade to go ahead.

I also be­lieve that peo­ple in Scot­land should look for­ward and fo­cus on anti-sec­tar­i­an­ism ini­tia­tives as op­posed to con­tin­u­ally look­ing back.

Why are there no pa­rades cel­e­brat­ing what unites us?

In this time of eco­nomic and po­lit­i­cal un­cer­tainty, peo­ple must look hard to find the pos­i­tives in Scot­land, as op­posed to high­light is­sues which di­vide and in some cases - like 2014 - cause civic un­rest. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

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News that a pro­posed Repub­li­can march through Castlemilk and Ruther­glen was thrown out by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil was largely sup­ported on so­cial me­dia.

In­de­pen­dent Repub­li­can Bands Scot­land had in­tended to host an anti-in­tern­ment march on Satur­day, Au­gust 6.

Writ­ing on the Ruther­glen Re­former Face­book page Robert Colquhoun said:“That’s the prob­lem, Glasgow/Scot­land is loy­al­ist and has been for many years. Only in re­cent years has Repub­li­can walks started up. Each to their own, but with­out a doubt, with so many loy­al­ists in Glasgow there’s al­ways go­ing to be protests and trou­ble when Repub­li­cans march.”

Les­ley Col­li­gan said:“All marches like these from both sides should be banned.”

But Kenny McCal­lion said: “You can’t com­pare these marches to the orange ones. The Orange Or­der is a cul­ture just like any other. I think it’s small minded peo­ple who say the orange should be banned.”

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