Community engagement at its best as officers get a jig on!

Inspector John McEwan
Inspector John McEwan

Recent weeks have seen a number of high profile events in and around Linlithgow including The Marches events, local gala days and a Royal Visit.

Over 60 officers from Police Scotland supported another series of successful Marches events in June.

While the police role is to ensure that everybody is safe, it is also an ideal opportunity for us to meet the wider community and build on existing public relationships.

This was perfectly demonstrated by the cycle officers who, while visiting the bowling club, felt that they just had to accept the offer of a wee dance.

I am assured that everybody enjoyed this, including the thousands who viewed it on social media sites and that the officers managed to get on their way before the slosh came on!

On Wednesday, July 8, HRH The Princess Royal visited the Burgh where she officially opened the community training facility at Linlithgow Rugby Club. A facility which is already gaining wider use in the local community.

The visit was the culmination of a meticulously planned operation which included officers from across both Police Scotland and our colleagues in the Metropolitan Police.

It also involved detailed discussions between the club and the Royal Household. On the day everything went to plan, the rain stayed away and everybody present enjoyed the visit.

Speaking with the dog handlers who were part of a search team, I suspect that local snack bar with its venison rolls will have secured some repeat business.

We are working with West Lothian Council and the organisers of The Party at the Palace that takes place at the beginning of August to ensure that it is a safe and enjoyable event. In fact, I suspect that certain cycle officers may be angling for duty shifts that weekend!

Looking forward to the rest of the summer, Linlithgow is a historic town that attracts significant numbers of visitors and I would seek to assure everybody that we are aware of issues that can arise due to inconsiderate parking.

Whilst I do not have officers patrolling town centre every hour of each day, local officers are committed to challenging illegal or inconsiderate parking.

Depending on the circumstances and other ongoing matters, this may be a parking ticket or a friendly warning.