Police Scotland has still not come to a final decision on plans to restructure its operations in the Bute, Cowal and Helensburgh areas by doing away with the dedicated Rothesay-based inspector’s post.
Members of Bute Community Council were told this week that although the national police service had responded to BCC’s concerns on the proposal, a final decision was still being awaited.
However, a letter to BCC secretary Mick Common from the local police commander for Argyll and Bute, Chief Superintendent Barry McEwan, suggests that a U-turn is unlikely.
In his letter, which was circulated to all BCC members prior to the community council’s first meeting of 2014, Mr McEwan says: “As a result of the analytical work carried out prior to any proposals being put forward it was identified that crime levels as well as call demand was significantly lower than other areas within the South Argyll, Helensburgh and Lomond section.”
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