TWO murder probes and an “unprecedented” sex crime inquiry which was the biggest investigation of its type tested police in Glenrothes to the limit, reports MIKE DELANEY.
But the town’s police chief said the service still managed to hit its targets for the year past.
Derek Finnie was speaking at the launch of the local plan for the next four years at Glenrothes Police Station.
He pointed out that the launch of the last plan had co-incided with the investigation into the murder of local woman, Denise Grieve, while the current one was beginning against the background of a continuing probe into the killing of Mohammed ‘Toby’ Siddique last October - a specialist HOLMES team is still on site at the Napier Road station on what was described as “an extremely complex inquiry with international implications.”
In between, local officers initially led the investigation into the activities of former teacher, Oliver Kingsley, after the parents of a boy in the town alerted police.
C.I. Finnie said: “I would not be telling the whole truth if I did not say that this placed significant strain on our local resources.
“Our staff, assisted by our key strategic partners, excelled in delivering the plan, not only meeting, but exceeding our expectations.”
He told the audience of councillors, their officials, health and education and fire service staff, housing providers, community organisations which work with the police and officers themselves: “Every one of us has a part to play in assisting officers in Glenrothes in delivering the plan for the next four years and I very much hope I can instill in you a sense of inclusion and ownership, because, essentially, this is not my plan, this is your plan and, ultimately, it is about focusing our collective endeavours toward its delivery.”
C.I. Finnie added that police were facing “the biggest change for a generation” because of changes to budgets and to the structure of forces in Scotland which could include a move to a national service.
“We cannot afford to dwell on what may, or may not be, but rest assured, from a Glenrothes perspective, taking policing closer to the community will very much be my drive and I will do all that I can to ensure front-line delivery is not affected.
“It will not impact on our community engagement and detract from local accountability in delivering a quality of service that the people of Glenrothes expect and deserve.
“I’m proud to say that 2010-11 has been a very successful year at Glenrothes, but with commitment, dedication and delivering meaningful outcomes through true partnership working, 2011-12 and beyond can be even better,” C.I. Finnie concluded.