Police in the Machars have welcomed a new inspector as they step up visibility and patrols in the lead up to the Christmas fun.
With statistics showing an upturn in criminal activity at this time of year – both within retail and social environments – local police will run Operation Adevnt to target Newton Stewart and surrounding areas.
In conjunction with the shoplifting patrols, there will also be increased Licensed Premises visits prior to Christmas and increased high visibility presence to prevent ant-social behavior connected with the Christmas Party season.
With the new drink drive limits in place since last Friday, there is also a focus on carrying out increased static checks at all times of the day and night, including a presence to check any who may risk the ‘morning after drive’.
And just in time for the new drink drive limit enforcement, a new Inspector started at Newton Stewart Station on Friday.
Inspector Campbell Moffat takes over from Inspector Amanda Scott and has been with the force for over 23 years. During this time he has served within the Stewarty, Dumfries at the Scottish Police College.
Outgoing Inspector Scott said: “I have had the pleasure of being able to work for three police forces during my service – Staffordshire Police, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary and Police Scotland as well and the United Nations in Bosnia Herzegovina, and have enjoyed a varied career. There is always something special about being able to work in the community where you live and the last twelve months as area commander at Newton Stewart has been a highlight, being able to address community concerns and keep my neighbours, near and far, safe.
“The officers and staff at Newton Stewart are committed and dedicated and go about their duties with professionalism and good humour and there is no doubt I will miss being a part of the team, and would like to than them and the community for the support that I have enjoyed.
“I am quite sure that the good work and efforts of all the staff will be built upon by the new area commander, Inspector Campbell Moffat. I would take this opportunity to wish him well and to wish all of the communities in Newton Stewart and the Machars a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.”