Po­lice could join fire­fight­ers

Plan to share ac­com­mo­da­tion

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Po­lice of­fi­cers in Cam­bus­lang could re­lo­cate to Cam­bus­lang Gate or the town’s fire sta­tion, it has been re­vealed.

The idea of shar­ing of­fice space with other public agen­cies in the town has been put for­ward as a third po­ten­tial op­tion in the con­sul­ta­tion on the long-term fu­ture of polic­ing in the town.

And it has won sup­port from Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil.

Mem­bers of the group who met with Chief Inspector Geral­dine McSherry and Inspector Jim Gille­spie last week say they feel re­as­sured Po­lice Scot­land is con­sid­er­ing a num­ber of op­tions, not just the com­plete clo­sure of the Taber­na­cle street build­ing.

Po­lice Scot­land con­firmed it wanted to close Cam­bus­lang Po­lice Sta­tion in April, stat­ing it could not sus­tain it and the Ruther­glen of­fice.

But Cam­bus­lang Com­mu­nity Coun­cil has been fight­ing to re­tain a phys­i­cal po­lice pres­ence in the town and say a shared of­fice with other agen­cies could be a good com­pro­mise.

John Bachtler, trea­surer of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, said: “We were encouraged that ac­cord­ing to CI McSherry, sev­eral op­tions for the fu­ture of Cam­bus­lang Po­lice Sta­tion were be­ing con­sid­ered, and that one of th­ese was the idea of a shared fa­cil­ity in the town cen­tre.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate that there are cost pres­sures on the lo­cal po­lice ser­vice, which is why we sug­gested es­tab­lish­ing a po­lice of­fice in Cam­bus­lang Gate where premises, ser­vices and staff can be shared.

“We be­lieve that the se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers we met are gen­uinely com­mit­ted to mak­ing the new com­mu­nity polic­ing model work in Cam­bus­lang. They also promised to keep us in­formed through­out the process of de­ci­sion-mak­ing from here on­wards.”

Inspector Gille­spie said: “As part of the on-go­ing re­view of po­lice estates a num­ber of op­tions are be­ing con­sid­ered which in­cludes the po­ten­tial to co-lo­cate fa­cil­i­ties with part­ners.

“We will con­tinue to en­gage with and work closely with the lo­cal au­thor­ity, other agen­cies and com­mu­nity groups to en­sure we de­liver the best pos­si­ble polic­ing ser­vices to the peo­ple of Cam­bus­lang and sur­round­ing ar­eas.”

At the meet­ing Inspector Jim Gille­spie up­dated com­mu­nity coun­cil­lors on the roll out of the new com­mu­nity polic­ing model.

The shake-up sees a ded­i­cated team of of­fi­cers take sole re­spon­si­bil­ity for polic­ing in each of Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang’s four ward ar­eas.

David Thom­son, chair­man of the com­mu­nity coun­cil, added: “We were as­sured that there will be reg­u­lar pa­trols on foot and by bike on the Main Street and in the sur­round­ing area.

“The Cam­bus­lang West po­lice team will get to know each of the busi­nesses and en­sure that po­lice are vis­i­bly present dur­ing the evenings and other times when there is a risk of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

“We were told that the po­lice will also be do­ing more to deal with van­dal­ism and drink­ing in Cam­bus­lang Park and Holmhills Wood Com­mu­nity Park.”

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