For most of us, being a police officer is less a job, more a way of life. When I’m not in uniform, I’m still checking my family, friends and neighbours are security-conscious and crime-free.
When I’m not spending time with the family or on my bike my leisure time consists of true crime novels, cop shows and crime movies.
One of my favourite lawmen is The Lone Ranger. His cool hat and Ranger star was what I loved as a boy but his strict moral code and proportionate but effective action against injustice is what I strive for as an officer of the law today - the one down-side of this job being that I don’t get to ride a horse.
And so, nothing gave me more pleasure than sitting down to watch Gore Verbinski’s two-and-a-half-hour big screen version at the weekend. But as I scoffed my popcorn and laughed along to Johnny Depp’s Tonto I found my mind wandering to the residents of Carnoustie.
The Ranger reminded me of the masked lady on the Crimestoppers website. Like the Lone Ranger she is fighting crime behind the cloak of anonymity. But she doesn’t need a silver star, she just needs a phone.
Last week, the force and our partners in the local authority were successful in closing down a house from which unneighbourly activity had been plaguing local residents.
We had received a number of reports from people in the area about antisocial behaviour such as noise and damage, violence and suspected drug dealing at the house.
In response, we began investigating, taking statements, conducting warrants and collating evidence. Three people were arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs and they remain on bail pending further enquiries.
Last week’s court order means the house will now lay empty for three months, during which time work will be done on bringing it back up to scratch and welcoming new residents to the neighbourhood.
In a massive joint effort between the police, the local councils and you, we have managed to restore the type of quality of life and home comfort to those in the area that we are all entitled to.
So whether you speak to your beat team, call 101 or make your reports to Crimestoppers, you can help bring positive changes to your community.
Keep that information coming in to 101 or 0800 555 111. Your calls will be treated in the strictest of confidence.