Chief Superintendent Jim Downie is Local Police Commander for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division.
The Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division serves around 264,500 people over 165 square miles. It includes the towns of Paisley, Renfrew, Greenock, Port Glasgow and Gourock - all covered by CCTV surveillance systems for a marked reduction in crime.
Responsibility for policing Glasgow Airport falls to officers of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division. With around eight million passengers passing through the airport's terminals each year, it is Scotland's busiest airport and presents the division with unique policing challenges.
The Division has three territorial command areas aligned with the respective local councils with each having a dedicated Area Commander who has the responsibility for all day-to-day policing functions in that area.
Each area is served by a number of community policing teams. These teams are built around the needs of local people. They are responsible for responding to calls in the local area, as well as looking for long term solutions to key issues.
Public Consultation on Proposed Restructuring to Local Policing
We are continuing to consult with communities, partner agencies and staff around the proposed restructuring of local policing in K Division which covers Renfrewshire and Inverclyde.
This consultation has included engagement with over 400 individuals, organisations and community representatives including councillors, MSPs, MPs, 20 Community Councils, Community Planning Partners, as well as the Scottish Police Authority and other key agencies. This has given them the opportunity to express views and for us to provide reassurance around any concerns raised about the proposals. We have collated views and comments and the response has been widely positive although some concerns have been raised. Specifically, these are:
- The impact on local policing
- There will be no adverse impact on how our local communities are policed. The overall objective of the proposals is founded on providing a strengthened, enhanced local policing service that is sustainable and cost-effective. There will be just as many and if not more officers on the street.
- Lack of police representation involved in local decision-making
- Currently area commanders are responsible for the policing of their own local communities. They currently make the decisions around local policing and will continue to do so, whilst working with partner agencies to deliver a sound service, regardless of the decision to restructure.
In addition, there have been some concerns around the police office in Dumbarton, which is in L Division.
- Speculation around Dumbarton Police Office
- No decision has been made in relation to the future of Dumbarton Police Office, however a number of options are currently being considered. These include the office remaining at its existing site, re-locating to the new West Dunbartonshire Council facility or building a new police office elsewhere in the town of Dumbarton. Police Scotland will have an operational office in the town delivering a local service into the heart of the communities of Dumbarton.
We have also been communicating with staff based in both L and K divisions, as well as the union and police federation and there do not appear to be any concerns.
The public can contact us with any concerns or questions by emailing Robert.Kennedy@scotland.pnn.police.uk.
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