Dis­ap­point­ment at lack of po­lice pres­ence at the monthly meet­ings

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Half­way Community Coun­cil have also ex­pressed their dis­ap­point­ment with Ruther­glen po­lice, who they claim have not at­tended any meet­ings for the past four months.

Mem­bers are given the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions and hear how their lo­cal polic­ing team are act­ing in monthly meet­ings.

But one res­i­dent spoke out at their con­fer­ence on Jan­uary 18 and said he was dis­ap­pointed there was no po­lice re­port yet again. He said:“I went down to Ruther­glen Po­lice Sta­tion and spoke to the desk sergeant and gave him dates.

“We know there can be is­sues and there are other things hap­pen­ing at the time which means they can’t at­tend. But it is hap­pen­ing with great reg­u­lar­ity.”

An­other added: “We’ve had an aw­ful lot of break-ins, I read it ev­ery day on­line and res­i­dents have ex­pressed their con­cerns.”

Po­lice in­spec­tor Jim Gille­spie re­sponded: “Community po­lice of­fi­cers at­tend community coun­cil meet­ings and other lo­cal groups to pro­vide an up­date on crime trends, anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and any other emerg­ing is­sues.

“At the meet­ings mem­bers of the group are also given the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions and hear how their lo­cal polic­ing team are act­ing to ad­dress pri­or­ity mat­ters. Community en­gage­ment is highly im­por­tant and, sub­ject to on­go­ing op­er­a­tional mat­ters, there will be po­lice rep­re­sen­ta­tion at the ma­jor­ity of the meet­ings.”

It is un­der­stood a spokesman for the community coun­cil has since had con­tact from the po­lice who as­sured him they would have community of­fi­cers at fu­ture meet­ings.

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