Politicians on the beat in Kirkintilloch

EAST Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson has praised the police for doing a 'professional job'.

The Lib Dem MP was one of a group of politicians who joined officers on the beat in the Kirkintilloch area earlier this month.

Other elected members who took part in the Friday night exercise were Strathkelvin and Bearsden Labour MSP David Whitton and councillors Rhondda Geekie, Anne Jarvis, Anne McNair and Stewart MacDonald.

Ms Swinson said: "The police have a tough job to do and go to great lengths to protect the community.

"The local officers deserve our thanks for the dedicated, professional job they do to improve the safety of our communities."

Inspector Colin Cooper, at Kirkintilloch police office, said: "The elected members came out on a routine Friday evening patrol and experienced first-hand our core business.

"They became involved in a routine licensed premises visit, were present when people were detected drinking alcohol in a public place, and when a person was arrested for an assault in Peel Park.

"I feel that, whilst that particular Friday evening was a quiet one in policing terms, it gave the elected members the opportunity to witness first-hand the briefing and preparation process undertaken by all officers prior to deployment.

"The elected members were also given an overview of a local 'action plan' detailing particular hotspots."

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson, Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP David Whitton, councillors Rhondda Geekie, Anne Jarvis, Anne McNair and Stewart MacDonald are pictured with Inspector Colin Cooper, PC John Murray and WPC Lorraine Jeffrey.