After 40 years of visiting, Sergeant Kevin Blackley settles in to lead island police

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Sergeant Kevin Blackley, who has taken over from retired sergeant, Dougie Robertson, is no stranger to Arran, having visited the island for more than 40 years.

Now leading the local police team, he is looking forward to serving the communities where he has previously spent time holidaying with his wife and, on occasion, where he has previously worked.

Sgt Blackley has over 25 years of police service, predominantly serving the communities of Ayrshire. His most recent work has been in a road policing role, where he was responsible for maintaining and promoting road safety and disrupting the criminal use of motor vehicles on Scotland’s roads.


When not on duty he enjoys kayaking, running and being out and about with his dog, a very friendly Siberian husky called Storm. Storm is a registered therapet, so the pair volunteer, visiting care homes where the presence of an affectionate and friendly dog provides residents with an emotional and mental boost, which has proven health benefits.

Sgt Blackley, while visiting the Arran Banner office during a familiarisation visit, said: ‘I sincerely look forward to meeting the residents of Arran and leading the local policing team which serves this diverse and unique island community.’

 

New Arran sergeant, Kevin Blackley, with his therapet dog, Storm. No_B43police01