Bute’s dedicated police inspector post will be abolished at the end of this month, it has been confirmed.
Chief Superintendent Barry McEwan, Police Scotland’s divisional commander for Argyll, Bute and west Dunbartonshire, told Bute Community Council (BCC) this week that the post currently occupied by Gordon Anderson would be scrapped on March 31 - exactly as The Buteman revealed last year and as proposed in a community consultation exercise which followed.
The move is part of a reorganisation of the police command structure in Argyll and Bute which will see one area commander and two inspectors covering the Bute, Cowal and Helensburgh area.
Mr McEwan told BCC members: “Gordon will leave his post as the inspector for Bute on March 31. He will be staying on the island during a transitional period thereafter, and will have work to do, but the post of Rothesay inspector will cease to exist.
“The decision was not made because Bute is a relatively crime-free island; it is simply on the basis of one person’s preferred command structure. We will continue to review that structure and to give the best service we can to the local community.”
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