Police feel the heat

LOCAL officers from Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary completed a public order training exercise on Tuesday in Stranraer which included dealing with petrol bombs.

Public order training is important for the force if they find themselves working at huge national events like the recent Olympics or dealing with disturbances like the riots in England in August last year.

The training took place at the former Stena Line ferry port in the town and it was the first time the local force had gone through public order training since 2004.

The officers, who all volunteered to do this type of training were put through their paces by instructor Sergeant Gary Ferguson, from Newton Stewart Police Station.

Afterwards Sergeant Allan McGowan was delighted how the training had gone. He said: “Operations like this lets the public see what we are up to over and above protecting local communities. They do this training voluntarily over and above their day jobs.

“We had local officers from Newton Stewart, Stranraer, the Ports Unit and from the Dumfries end at the old Stena Port which was an ideal venue.

“Public order training picks up where the normal police response becomes inadequate. The training is standard across Scotland so we all know we will all employ the same tactics if we are called to a national incident. Local officers can then provide an extra level of support for their colleagues on the front line.”