New area com­man­der is ‘de­lighted’ to take up post

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has a new area com­man­der over­see­ing polic­ing in the re­gion.

Chief In­spec­tor Geral­dine McSherry ar­rives in the role at a time of great change for lo­cal polic­ing.

Po­lice Scot­land will next week move to a new op­er­at­ing model.

This will in­clude ded­i­cated com­mu­nity of­fi­cers de­ployed in the four coun­cil wards - Ruther­glen South, Ruther­glen Cen­tral and North, Cam­bus­lang West and Cam­bus­lang East.

This week, Chief In­spec­tor McSherry writes ex­clu­sively for you in the Re­former: I would like to take this op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce my­self as the new area com­man­der for East Kilbride, Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Firstly, can I con­grat­u­late Chief In­spec­tor Gil­lian Scott on her re­cent pro­mo­tion and wish her well for her fu­ture .

I have 20 years in the po­lice ser­vice, firstly in the East End of Glas­gow where I spent 14 years in a va­ri­ety of roles prior to be­ing pro­moted to a uni­form sergeant’s post in Glas­gow city cen­tre.

I sub­se­quently moved back into a spe­cialised role within the in­tel­li­gence arena sup­port­ing the wider divi­sion on the cre­ation of Po­lice Scot­land.

I was there­after pro­moted to in­spec­tor in La­nark­shire Divi­sion in 2014. I have spent the last few years fa­mil­iaris­ing my­self with the divi­sion and I am fully aware of both the suc­cesses of the divi­sion and the con­cerns within the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

On my re­cent pro­mo­tion to the rank of chief in­spec­tor I was de­lighted to re­main in the divi­sion and take up post as area com­man­der based at East Kilbride.

I re­side within La­nark­shire with my hus­band and two chil­dren and there­fore have a great af­fil­i­a­tion to the lo­cal area.

The com­mand struc­ture re­mains the same with both In­spec­tor MacDon­ald and In­spec­tor Gillespie re­main­ing in post mean­time, how­ever, over the com­ing weeks there will be sig­nif­i­cant change within your lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties with the in­tro­duc­tion of a new op­er­at­ing model which will see more com­mu­nity of­fi­cers in the lo­cal area who will be able to re­spond and as­sist with your lo­cal polic­ing needs.

This new model will al­low for the right of­fi­cers in the right place at the right time. With your con­tin­ued sup­port and en­gage­ment I am con­fi­dent we will achieve this.

I would en­cour­age you to con­tinue to con­tact the com­mu­nity in­spec­tors if you have any is­sues you wish to raise or dis­cuss. Their con­tact tele­phone num­bers are: In­spec­tor Andy MacDon­ald, 01355 564002.

In­spec­tor Jim Gillespie, 0141 532 5251.

Please do not hes­i­tate to con­tact me should you wish to dis­cuss any mat­ter or re­quire any as­sis­tance. I am avail­able at East Kilbride should you wish to speak to me in per­son.

Thanks for your sup­port and I look for­ward to meet­ing you in the near fu­ture.

New role Chief In­spec­tor Geral­dine McSherry has taken over as area com­man­der for Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang

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