Alan’s in the hotseat

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NEW police area commander Alan Murray has vowed to clamp down on anti-social behaviour in East Renfrewshire.

The 46-year-old father-of-two says he is looking forward to the challenges of his new role after taking the reigns from chief inspector Kenny Graham.

Chief inspector Murray told The Extra: “I’m hoping to build on the good work of my predecessor.

“I want to understand the issues that affect the local police and what their constraints are.

“In East Renfrewshire the quality of life is the big issue for people. This is a different area from my last one — it is more affluent.

“Anti-social behaviour is one of the main concerns for residents in East Renfrewshire. I want us to have as much of a visible presence as possible”.

CI Murray, from Cumbernauld, started his policing career aged 27 in Dumbarton.

He has worked in the armed response unit and the personnel department.

Promoted to sergeant, he spent time in the east end of Glasgow before taking up a role at the force training centre.

He moves to Giffnock from his position as area commander at Cathcart CID.

CI Murray, who is originally from Dunoon, said: “East Renfrewshire is a very different area to work in.

“It’s good because it encompasses the entire local authority area.

“This means we need to work very closely with the council. The police and East Renfrewshire council have a very, very positive relationship.

“I’m very excited about my new role because it’s a great area to work in”.

Despite massive public sector cuts, the high-ranking police officer says they do not affect the ability of Giffnock police to do their jobs.

He added: “I’m not too concerned by the cuts in budget. All public authorities are going through the same thing.

“You always want more money but I’m perfectly happy with the level of our resources.

“We have enough police officers throughout East Renfrewshire to do our job”