Business as usual

CHANGES in the structure of Tayside Police in Angus will have a “minimal” effect on policing at a local level, Montrose area inspector Mark MacInally has said.

The force is due to make changes over the next few months in preparation for the introduction of a single national police force but Inspector MacInally said these will be mainly at a managerial level.

Talking at Montrose Community Council’s meeting last week, he said: “We will be moving towards a single force in a few years’ time but Tayside Police is doing a number of things in preparation to make it a more efficient force.

“There will be one operational division headed by a chief superintendent with one superintendent in charge of the Angus area. That will be Superintendent Kevin Lynch, who will be staying in place.

“That will happen some time within the next three months but locally the effect will be minimal and we’ll have the same officers dealing with the same issues.”

Mr MacInally also said there is due to be a shake-up of community policing in Tayside, which coincides with the departure of local community liaison officer Derek Mitchell, with the force introducing a blanket community policy.

He said: “From a local policing point of view the big issue is Derek Mitchell moving on but Tayside Police will be introducing an all-encompassing community engagement strategy, which will be the same in every area with the same issues dealt with in the same way. In Angus we will be introducing more community officers, and there will be two in Montrose. I don’t have an exact timescale for that but it will be, I hope, in the next couple of months.”