INSPECTOR John Kellett is the new officer charged with community and response policing in Bo’ness and Blackness.
Drugs and antisocial behaviour, vandalism and fireraising are all on the 42-year-old’s radar, with the police actively tackling the issues that are of concern to people.
Three weeks in post, after Inspector Ian Scott’s retiral, Insp Kellett’s varied shifts to date have included a targeted drugs raid last Friday - following intelligence from the public - on a house in the Bo’ness area.
There has also been a night of joint patrolling with Inspector Neil Whiteside of Linlithgow in a bid to encourage joined-up working with the neighbouring force.
Inspector Kellett has the benefit of knowing the area from local deployments during his 24 years with Central Scotland Police.
He said: “My whole service has been at the front end and I’m very enthusiastic about that and engaging with the public, which the job allows me to do.
“I would encourage anybody that has an issue that they feel we can assist with, to engage with us. Also, if they have any information on crimes and offences to get in touch.”
The inspector added: “The officers who work in the communities are dedicated and are doing a great job. The detection rate is high and reported crime is on the decrease.”
He added: “I want to build on the existing good policing that’s been going on here and continue building good relationships with the Bo’ness community.”
A multi-agency bonfire safety campaign is in the pipeline, and Inspector Kellett - whose new post also covers Maddiston - is looking forward to meeting community figures in the coming weeks and months.
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