Concern over road policing plans

a HOLYROOD candidate has hit out at a decision to centralise Strathclyde’s road Policing in Glasgow.

Richard Leonard, Labour’s candidate for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley has condemned the decision by Strathclyde Police to centralise Road Policing in Glasgow, claiming that it will lead to less resources being available in Ayrshire and may lead to an increase in fatal road traffic accidents.

The proposal is to base one car and two officers in Ayr between 6.00pm and 3.00am, which will be supplemented from the central resource in Glasgow.

Richard said: “This decision does not take account of the high levels of incidents and the size of the road network in Ayrshire.

“I am concerned that there will be additional burdens placed on local police resources who will be left trying to deal with road traffic accidents, road closures and traffic diversions on top of their day to day operational duties keeping our communities safe.”

Mr Leonard also criticised the SNP for failing local communities, he added: “Reducing the number of traffic cops based within Ayrshire will mean that the police who are first responders to an accident may not be fully trained or equipped to deal with the issues that they find.

“The further from Glasgow the bigger would be the impact of this decision that’s why I am especially concerned about the effect on Carrick

“This proposal is unacceptable and I demand that the local community are properly consulted by the Chief Constable as a first step in getting this proposal dropped.”