Chief Inspector Brian Auld took up post in Oban as the Area Commander at the start of May and is quickly adapting to living and working in the area. He recognises the unique challenges of policing the area and is currently attending the many community council meetings to meet with local representatives and listen to the concerns and issues that are expressed by them.
One issue that has been raised is drugs and the concern that they are easily accessible in the area and Chief Inspector Auld has given his commitment to tackling this.
Driver behaviour and speeding have also been the subject of discussion and there has been a marked increase in proactive targeted road patrols and speeding checks which has been very well received by the public.
The challenge of the weather is something that no amount of proactive patrolling can prevent and the gale force winds caused notable traffic disruption due to the number of trees that had fallen. Communications were also affected for a while which made coordinating resources difficult. Appreciation has been expressed to the members of the public who showed their sense of community spirit by helping to clear roads and make areas safe and also to drivers who showed considerable patience and understanding until this was done as there were extensive delays on the roads which was unavoidable. A temporary diversion was put in place around Dunollie Road which helped to clear the backlog of traffic. Partner agencies were equally as affected but everyone worked together as best as they could and used common sense and creative thinking to overcome the challenges that these winds presented.
There are no crime trends or patterns at the moment and Oban continues to be a safe place to work and live. The town is becoming busier with visitors and we are well prepared for the challenges this time of year brings.
Forthcoming events for the Oban Lorn and the Isles area include
Oban bicentennial Celebrations, Argyllshire Gathering, Scottish Orienteering event, Barcaldine Rally, Mull Rally and the Tiree Music Festival
and plans are currently being put in place to ensure each of these and all of the other local events are effectively policed
As you know, we welcome your comments and thoughts and appreciate your efforts to highlight community issues to us at an early stage.
Just a reminder of the various ways you can contact us:-
The main Oban Police Office telephone number is 01631 510500
Alternatively our community e mail addresses are:-
Working together, building safer communities in Oban, Lorn and the Isles