New sarge on duty

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SERGEANT Susan Gillon has joined East Renfrewshire’s top cop team in a bid to forge links between Strathclyde police and the wider community.

Susan (42) is the new local authority liaison officer (LALO) for East Renfrewshire council, a role aimed at linking up services and providing insight into issues which concern residents most.

Already a well-known face throughout East Ren, she has been involved in front line community policing in Barrhead, Neilston and Giffnock for a number of years, having first joined the police in 1996.

Sergeant Gillon was also one of the first campus cops at Eastwood high school, working with pupils for three years – experience which may come in handy while supervising the five campus officers currently based at Mearns Castle, Eastwood, Barrhead, Woodfarm and St Luke’s high schools.

Now based at Giffnock police station, East Ren’s new sergeant is relishing her new role.

She explained: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge this new position will bring. I have a wealth of knowledge of East Renfrewshire, working with the council in various areas of problem solving.

“I’ll continue to work with the council combating those issues that concern residents – such as youth disorder, domestic disputes and cold callers”.

Chief inspector Alan Murray, area commander for East Renfrewshire, welcomed the additional post, and commented: 
“Sergeant Gillon’s appointment is crucial to us.

“It is a significant resource commitment from chief superintendent Andy Bates – therefore it is incumbent on myself and our community policing inspector Campbell Crawford to ensure that there are tangible benefits for the police, East Renfrewshire council and the residents.

“I would anticipate that the job will evolve over time, but the main responsibility of the LALO will be to maximise partnership opportunities and to ensure that our efforts are properly focused on keeping people safe.

“This will not be an admin post. Rather, it will be front facing and an important part of our community policing operations”.