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.