Scots policeman named one of the UK’s top cops


By Rory Reynolds

A SCOTS bobby has been named of UK’s top cops for nicking more than 400 villains in one year.

Motherwell copper Rob Brown, 40, – dubbed Robocop by locals – scored second on the UK’s list of top law enforcers, after cleaning up the streets of his home town.

The Strathclyde Police officer – who has been walking the beat for 19 years – arrested 434 suspects in just twelve months.

He came just behind Sergeant Ali Livingstone, from Ipswich, who made 524 arrests in the same year – a staggering three per day.

Brave PC Brown previously worked with London’s Metropolitan Police, earning a total of five commendations, one for bravery and another for stopping a young man from committing suicide.

He then returned to Scotland in 1997, working in Coatbridge, Wishaw and Motherwell.

And Rob reckons that his zero tolerance policing and targeting of low-level crime has helped his community have faith in the police.

He said: “You don’t turn a blind eye to people who graffiti a wall.

“If it’s something that’s affecting the community you have to hold the perpetrators accountable.

“I have always wanted to lock up the bad guys and help the good guys.”

But Rob admits he owes much of his success to partner PC Stuart Chalmers.

Together the crime fighting duo have arrested more than 600 people between April 2008 and the end of March this year.

He added: “I don’t lock up everyone – I still use a degree of discretion and am firm but fair.”

Strathclyde Police boss Graham Cairns said: “While we do not judge performance solely upon the number of arrests, I’m certain the public will be reassured that there are outstanding productive officers out there dealing with their local concerns.

“There are many productive officers in the division and Rob is a good example of a constable who really cares about his community and though hard work and a bit of tenacity, is really making a difference in North Lanarkshire.”

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