Policing Matters

Chief Inspector Rob Hay.
Chief Inspector Rob Hay.

A great deal of work this month is underway in finalising our community policing plans for the year ahead.

These are the plans for each of the eight multi-member wards in East Dunbartonshire and identify the local policing priorities in each area.

When I came to East Dunbartonshire I said I wanted to deliver a service based around the issues that are most important to our communities.

These community policing plans are the way we do that. Priorities are identified via ongoing community engagement and our yearly public consultation exercise. This ensures our action on the street matches the expectations of communities.

Having previously been an Area Commander in another part of the Greater Glasgow Division, I am always struck by the commonality in the priorities identified by the public; priorities such as violent crime, antisocial behaviour, housebreaking, road safety.

It seems that regardless of where you live, the public share the same concerns. The good news is that both police figures and the independently produced Scottish Crime and Justice Survey tell us the same thing: crime is falling.

That, however, will be of little comfort to those who do become victims.

That is why our focus this year will be to use all means at our disposal to make East Dunbartonshire the most hostile environment possible for criminals to operate in.

Where crimes do occur, we will be relentless in our pursuit of those responsible. And we will continue to update you, the public we serve, on our progress.

Whether via formal meetings, twitter @EastDunbPolice or just in passing on the street, I hope you find my officers willing and able to discuss the policing issues that matter to your community.

They certainly know what I expect of them.

Until next time, stay safe.