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WITH DI­VI­SIONAL COM­MAN­DER CHIEF SUPT GOR­DON CROSSAN

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Many had de­signs on po­ten­tially join­ing the po­lice and viewed this as an op­por­tu­nity to test the wa­ters, how­ever, many wanted to make a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence in their com­mu­ni­ties and this gives me so much en­cour­age­ment that young peo­ple still have a sense of com­mu­nity.

Re­flect­ing on these events, I am all too aware that these vol­un­teers are giv­ing up their own time to help oth­ers and in a mod­ern so­ci­ety where it is eas­ier to ask for a mon­e­tary do­na­tion than it is to ask for an hour of some­one’s time, I am very grate­ful to the sup­port we get from our Spe­cial Con­sta­bles and youth vol­un­teers, we are very much stronger for their most valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to polic­ing across the whole divi­sion.

Un­for­tu­nately, I have to re­port that my of­fi­cers con­tinue to re­move weapons from peo­ple in pub­lic places de­spite the warn­ings we have given. At the time of writ­ing, Su­per­in­ten­dent Kennedy is look­ing at our re­sponse to this un­ac­cept­able be­hav­iour.

This is not a po­lice is­sue, this is a so­ci­etal is­sue and will re­quire a co­or­di­nated and col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach to tackle it.

My of­fi­cers are ar­rest­ing peo­ple for mi­nor of­fences and find­ing them in pos­ses­sion of weapons which is com­pletely un­ac­cept­able.

My chal­lenge to read­ers is to con­tact the po­lice and in­form us of any­one who is car­ry­ing a weapon and I as­sure you that, where there are suf­fi­cient grounds for search, we will do so. I wrote pre­vi­ously that every­one has the abil­ity to pre­vent a mur­der or other se­ri­ous crime in­volv­ing a weapon, sim­ply by lift­ing their phone and pro­vid­ing the in­for­ma­tion we need to act upon.

Read­ers can also con­tact Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111 if they wish to re­main anony­mous. Re­mem­ber, there of­ten are many vic­tims where se­ri­ous vi­o­lence, par­tic­u­larly mur­der, oc­curs as it takes a life, im­pacts on the de­ceased’s fam­ily, friends and com­mu­nity but it also af­fects the lives of those around the per­son com­mit­ting the crime.

By tak­ing ac­tion to let us know about who is car­ry­ing weapons you may pre­vent dev­as­ta­tion to a num­ber of peo­ple as well as pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties.

At the time of writ­ing we have been fi­nal­is­ing prepa­ra­tions for St Mir­ren’s home game on Satur­day ver­sus Liv­ingston where they may be pro­moted. We wish them and all their sup­port­ers a fun and safe af­ter­noon. Events like this in­vig­o­rate com­mu­ni­ties and re­mind us all of the many great things that Ren­frew­shire has to of­fer.

Wel­come Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Gor­don Crossan and new Spe­cial Con­sta­ble Lau­ren Wal­lace

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