POLICING in West Dunbartonshire needs to face up to a future including more cyber crime, possible mergers with other services and even driverless cars on the A82, the local commander has said.
Chief Superintendent Grant Manders, the divisional commander for Argyll and West Dunbartonshire, told a full council meeting that the force would soon be launching its consultation on the future of policing.
“Policing 2026” will consider potentially fundamental reforms to the service, even as their local work goes “back to the future” on attaching specific officers to each community council area.
Chief Supt Manders told councillors the policing model designed for the 1950s and 60s could not meet changing demands.
And while West Dunbartonshire has 11 more officers than a decade ago, 90 per cent of the local budget goes just on personnel, with the rest to cover buildings, vehicles and everything else.