Police chief superintendent pays visit to Bute

Pictured, from left: local Argyll and Bute councillors Robert Macintyre and Len Scoullar, Inspector Gordon Anderson, Chief Superintendent Barry McEwan and Chief Inspector Gary Stitt.
Pictured, from left: local Argyll and Bute councillors Robert Macintyre and Len Scoullar, Inspector Gordon Anderson, Chief Superintendent Barry McEwan and Chief Inspector Gary Stitt.

Barry McEwan, Strathclyde Police’s divisional chief superintendent for Argyll, Bute and west Dunbartonshire, visited Bute this week as final preparations are made for the transition to a single police service covering the whole of Scotland.

Police Scotland will take over from the country’s eight regional forces on Monday, April 1 – and the message from Mr McEwan, like that given by his colleagues in recent weeks, is that the public should notice no difference in local policing as a result of the change.

“I’m hopeful that folk don’t see any change,” he told The Buteman.

“The important thing is that the police remain visible – if people see a police officer in a yellow jacket they’re likely to behave more sensibly.”

* For more from our interview with Ch Supt McEwan, see this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, March 27.