WITH DIVISIONAL COMMANDER CHIEF SUPT GORDON CROSSAN
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