With Chief Inspector Rob Hay
It has been a busy month for Police Scotland in East Dunbartonshire.
We have been joined by Inspector Iain Greene on secondment with our Community Policing Team. Iain joins Inspector John Hunter, whose usual area is Bishopbriggs,
Milngavie and Bearsden, and will be focussing on Kirkintilloch and the villages.
The extra assistance is helpful as the Community Policing Teams are currently completing the annual public consultation exercise, which helps to set local priorities on a ward basis.
In addition to this, I was pleased to present the first three-year Local Policing Plan for East Dunbartonshire to East Dunbartonshire Council, on September 25, on behalf of Chief Superintendent Andy Bates.
This sets out our strategic priorities for the next three years, which are: Tackling Violence, Disorder and Antisocial Behaviour, Protecting People, Increasing Public Confidence and Local Engagement and Tackling Serious Crime and Responding to Major Events.
Our performance on these priorities has been strong over the previous year and I will be providing updates to the council at their Policy & Resources Committee throughout the year; as well as direct to you, the public, via this column.
Last week I was deeply saddened to learn of the murder of John McFarlane in Bishopbriggs. This terrible crime was all the more shocking as crimes of such violence are so very rare in Bishopbriggs.
Additional officers have been on patrol in the area and these patrols will continue to provide reassurance to the local community. Any member of the public who has concerns or information can approach these officers and discuss their issues with them.
It will serve as some reassurance to the community to note that a male is now in custody regarding this crime and will be appearing at court.
This will serve as no consolation to the friends and family of John McFarlane and our thoughts should be with them in their time of loss.