Taking on the role of the community policing team Inspector for Linlithgow and across the neighbouring towns and villages is a responsibility that John McEwan is looking forward to.
As a resident of, and someone who has spent the majority of his police career in West Lothian, John understands the need to provide policing that meets the expectations of the diverse communities.
As such, he will be concentrating on the priorities for policing already set through recent consultations on local policing plans.
Road safety will remain a priority. This is a broad area requiring the support of both the community and visitors to make our roads as safe as possible.
Excessive speed can be an issue and so officers will be carrying out speed checks in the coming months.
Inconsiderate parking not only congests town centres, but also often creates dangers for pedestrians and cyclists. Officers will enforce offences, but John’s preference would be for drivers to think about where they are leaving their vehicles and not to create the problem in the first place.
John said: “We have a busy couple of months ahead with the Marches, local gala days as well as Party at the Palace.
“Officers will attend all these events, not because we always have, but because these are fun and family friendly events that deserve to be free from violence and anti-social behaviour.”