Cowal East Rural Watch - Police

Scheme information

Rural Watch encompasses domestic residents, farms, rural businesses as well as domestic and holiday properties within the Cowal Policing area. The Scheme is being coordinated by Police Scotland and will continue to be rolled out across Argyll. One of the main aims of the scheme is to promote continued communication between villagers and the Police, share intelligence, heighten awareness of vulnerabilities and work together to prevent crime. Police Scotland and the Ministry of Defence Police will carry out patrols including joint operations to reassure the community, act as a deterrent and ultimately reduce crime in the area. The email system within the watch will be used to pass information on crime to members in that specific area. In turn members will be able to contact the Coordinator by email. Weatherproof signage has been posted at strategic points throughout the Watch area to raise awareness amongst visitors that despite being a rural area, its managed, inhabited, Policed and cared for. This watch is supported by Neighbourhood Watch Scotland and many home insurance companies will offer a discount to members of the Rural Watch. It only takes a few minutes to sign up, its FREE and shows you care for your community!

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Scheme coordinator

Donald MacKay
I am a serving Community Police Officer with Police Scotland stationed at Dunoon Police Office. I have 12 years Police Service, all of which have been fulfilled in the Cowal Area. I currently have responsibility for the villages of Sandbank, Clachaig, Kilmun, Strone, Blairmore and Ardentinny. I am passionate about this scheme coordinated by Police Scotland, NHWS and the Ministry of Defence. I would encourage rural farms, businesses, residents and visitors in the Cowal East area to take the time to go online and join up. Through this website we will be able to send you information and keep you up to date with current issues pertinent to our area, from road closures to incidents of note in the area. In turn you can send me, via the messaging service, your non emergency concerns and I will endeavour to assist. I look forward to speaking to and hearing from you all. Donald MacKay PC L537 Rural Watch Co-Ordinator (Argyll & West Dunbartonshire)
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