By Chief Inspector Rob Hay
Often in this column I find myself offering warnings of some particular crime trend or promising stern action against offenders.
Such is the nature of police work that communications can tend toward the negative. However – get ready for a surprise – NONE of that this month!
On the 19th of July I had the privilege of commanding the local policing operation for the journey of the Queen’s Baton Relay through East Dunbartonshire.
A significant amount of planning had taken place with all the many agencies involved. I think it is fair to say that no one knew quite what to expect. Certainly, in terms of scale and complexity it was the largest police operation since I came to East Dunbartonshire last year.
The reaction from the public across East Dunbartonshire was spectacular: from the thronged masses at Milngavie Precinct, the crowds through Lennoxtown and Milton of Campsie as the baton made its way by cycle, those that lined the route as the barge made its way to the marina in Kirkintilloch, to those hardy souls who partied as the rain came down in Bishopbriggs - the atmosphere was fantastic.
I managed to speak to a number of members of the public at Twechar, as the baton stopped for lunch, and the positivity was overwhelming.
Right across East Dunbartonshire communities took the occasion to heart.
There were no incidents requiring formal police intervention, meaning officers were free to speak to members of the public and ensure it was a day to be enjoyed by all the community.
A huge amount of work went in by my colleagues at East Dunbartonshire Council, the community groups and volunteers on the day.
My thanks to them and to all of you who turned out to support the baton, in traditional Scottish summer weather!
You made it a day to remember for all the right reasons. With the Commonwealth Games past, I hope you all have fond memories of the occasion.
And I also hope you are looking forward to joining us at the Kirkintilloch Police Open Day on the 24th August for another positive day!