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Arran’s new sergeant has vowed to see out the rest of his police career on the island.
But Dougie Robertson felt he was a man with no name when he first took up the full-time post in November replacing acting sergeant Allen Gow.
‘Are you the new sergeant,’ was how Douglas found himself repeatedly greeted but he says: ‘It is not really surprising that everyone wants to know who I am.’
Sgt Roberson has now been here three months and is gradually finding his feet. He describes Arran as ‘a place I am really fond of’ and has spent many holidays here hillwalking with his family over the years. He is still a keen hillwalker.
With more than 26 years police service under his belt, much of it in the busy central Scotland belt, Sgt Robertson took a leap of faith to apply for the position of sergeant on Arran, where, he says, he intends to spend the remaining years of his Police Scotland career.
‘Thankfully I am enjoying it. It is every different from my previous service. I have a lot to learn but I have a good team at my back,’ he told the Banner. That team are the five police constables who presently serve on the island.
‘It is a very different role for me from my previous position as a detective sergeant. It is very much working with the community as well as a wide range of partner organisations.
‘What is important is that we ensure that policing on the island is carried out to a high standard and that all the resources at our disposal are used to their optimum,’ he said.
Sgt Robertson said he had found on Arran that there was a much greater reliance working with emergency service volunteers such as first responders, the mountain rescue team, volunteer firefighters and coastguards, but said he found them all to have a high level of professionalism.
He joined Strathclyde Police in 1991 and was initially posted to uniformed duties at Alexandria and Dumbarton L Division and five years later was appointed as Detective Constable at Dumbarton.
Subsequently transferred from L Division he was appointed to the crime division where he worked for several years in various specialised roles before being promoted to the rank of Sergeant.
Thereafter he worked as a uniform Sergeant covering response policing in Glasgow before transferring back to the CID where he worked as a Detective Sergeant in Glasgow city centre, Partick and latterly Drumchapel, before taking up the post on Arran.
Sgt Robertson, who attended his first community council meeting earlier this month, said he is keen a listen to any policing concerns people on the island may have.
‘Speeding and parking, particularly at the Brodick ferry terminal, are two issues I know people feel strongly about and these are areas we will be looking at.’
Last week Sgt Robertson had a visit from his immediate boss Inspector Colin Convery. Based in Saltcoats, along with Arran his area of responsibility covers the Three Towns, Largs, Cumbrae and West Kilbride.
He said: ‘I am on Arran fairly regularly, but Dougie is the man on the ground here and I wish him well in his new post.’
Sgt Robertson confirmed that there are no plans to reopen Lamlash police office on a full time basis and anyone looking to contact police on the island should do so using the 1o1 non emergency number or 999 in an emergency.
New Arran Sgt Dougie Robertson (right) with Inspector Colin Convery outside Lamlash police office. 01_B08police01