Police chief says Bute review ‘is not about cutbacks’

Chief Superintendent Barry McEwan (second right), pictured with Bute councillors Robert Macintyre and Len Scoullar, Inspector Gordon Anderson and Chief Inspector Gary Stitt during a visit to Rothesay in March of this year.
Chief Superintendent Barry McEwan (second right), pictured with Bute councillors Robert Macintyre and Len Scoullar, Inspector Gordon Anderson and Chief Inspector Gary Stitt during a visit to Rothesay in March of this year.

Argyll and Bute’s top police officer says a review of management which has put the Rothesay inspector’s post under threat is not about simply making cutbacks.

Barry McEwan, Police Scotland’s divisional chief superintendent for Argyll, Bute and West Dunbartonshire, spoke to The Buteman after we reported in last week’s issue that Police Scotland was looking at scrapping the post currently held by Gordon Anderson.

Mr McEwan said his plan was based on having one area commander for Bute, Cowal and Helensburgh, and two inspectors to cover the three geographical areas.

“It’s not about cutbacks. I’m making these changes based on what I think is best for Argyll and Bute.”

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