|Previously I joined Jenny Marra MSP and other local people calling for our Police Station to stay|
I have written to the new Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf MSP over the future of Ryehill Police Station in the West End ward. Police Scotland have previously suggested closing the station and whilst it has gained a temporary reprieve I am looking for the new Justice Secretary to back up the new Chief Constable’s commitment to localism by committing to maintaining the police presence at Ryehill and indeed improving it.
In response to the voice of local people Ryehill Police Station received a reprieve but there has never been a long-term commitment to maintaining the police presence in the West End. I have written to the new Justice Secretary raising this issue with him and asking that there is a new look at this. I hope that Humza Yousaf will see the need to maintain local police resources and will support the people of the West End in their call for an effective police presence at Ryehill to serve the West End.
I welcome the new Chief Constable to his post and I note his commitment to local solutions. I think with this in mind he should look at the need to maintain and indeed enhance the police presence at Ryehill. I have written to him welcoming him to his new post and wishing him well in it and asking for a long-term commitment to maintaining the police station at Ryehill.
Events over the last few days have made the case for an improved police presence at Ryehill. On Sunday the bookmakers just a few metres from the police station was subject to a robbery. Surely, a stronger police presence at Ryehill would have acted as a deterrent in this case.
I do not just want Police Scotland to keep the station open but it is important that a public-facing service is available to the people of the West End. I am maintaining my call not just for Police Scotland to keep ownership of Ryehill Police Station but for an improved service which regularly interacts with the public and is clearly the place where the public should make first contact with the police. I hope that the new Cabinet Secretary for Justice and the new Chief Constable will agree with me.