Bob­biesgo backon the­beat

Rutherglen Reformer - - General Election - Edel Ke­nealy

Po­lice of­fi­cers will be­come fa­mil­iar faces in the com­mu­ni­ties of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang as each area gets its own ded­i­cated po­lice team.

Dubbed prob­lem solv­ing teams, the groups are be­ing rolled out across all wards of the La­nark­shire force this month.

The change sees of­fi­cers as­signed to spe­cific ar­eas where they will re­turn to tra­di­tional beat du­ties.

They will pa­trol com­mu­ni­ties on foot and bi­cy­cle, pro­vid­ing con­ti­nu­ity and a fa­mil­iar face that peo­ple can re­late to in the mould of the tra­di­tional vil­lage bobby.

These of­fi­cers will be re­spon­si­ble for meet­ing the needs of their com­mu­ni­ties by pro­vid­ing long-term so­lu­tions to lo­cal prob­lems.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Roddy Irvine, lo­cal polic­ing com­man­der for La­nark­shire, said the new ap­proach would al­low the pub­lic to de­velop stronger re­la­tion­ships with lo­cal of­fi­cers, who would still have ac­cess to the full as­sets of Po­lice Scot­land.

“La­nark­shire Di­vi­sion is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing a po­lice ser­vice that meets the needs of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties it serves,”he said.

“Ded­i­cated of­fi­cers within our lo­cal prob­lem solv­ing teams will play a vi­tal part and un­der­take a role that will en­sure that they are vis­i­ble and ac­ces­si­ble to our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“This will al­low these of­fi­cers to en­gage with the com­mu­ni­ties they serve to iden­tify and tackle lo­cal prob­lems that are a pri­or­ity in the com­mu­nity.

“This, cou­pled with the na­tional as­sets at the dis­posal of Po­lice Scot­land which these lo­cal of­fi­cers will tap into, will en­hance the ser­vice pro­vided to com­mu­ni­ties in La­nark­shire.

“Im­por­tantly the changes we have im­ple­mented are based on feed­back from our com­mu­ni­ties who told us they want an iden­ti­fi­able of­fi­cer who can act as a sin­gle point of con­tact, who is vis­i­ble, avail­able and ac­ces­si­ble in the com­mu­nity and who is ca­pa­ble of solv­ing com­mu­nity prob­lems.

“The pri­or­ity for the of­fi­cers will be to get to know their com­mu­ni­ties by go­ing into schools, shops, li­censed premises and com­mu­nity groups and in­tro­duc­ing them­selves and en­sur­ing the pub­lic know how to get in touch with them should they re­quire to.”

The lo­cal prob­lem solv­ing team of­fi­cers’shift pat­terns will be aligned to the needs of their area, mak­ing them more ac­ces­si­ble and avail­able to deal with lo­cal con­cerns.

These new teams will be over­seen by a com­mu­nity polic­ing in­spec­tor and a ded­i­cated sergeant who will sup­port the of­fi­cers to deal with per­sis­tent of­fend­ers, re­peat vic­tims and vul­ner­a­ble lo­ca­tions.”

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