As a one-time professional football defender, Inspector Gary Ogilvie is well versed in organising his troops.
But the former Dundee, Sunderland and Airdrie player now has a completely new type of squad to manage after being appointed Dundee South Area Commander within Police Scotland.
Rather than cutting out the opposing team’s attacks, the 46-year-old’s main task these days is keeping the streets of Dundee safe.
To do that, Inspector Ogilvie (below) today revealed the stringent and “intrusive” checks his officers make on serial offenders and those who have just left prison.
He said: “Our goal is to make people feel as safe as possible and one of the ways to do that is to carry out visits to those who have just left prison and other prolific criminals.
“Every police officer in Dundee South will know well in advance when a particular individual is coming out.
“We then determine just how much attention these people need when they leave prison, depending on their history and crimes committed. For those who are serious risks, we will very regularly chap on the door to see what they are up to.
“We’ll also keep an eye on them when they’re out and about on the streets, observe who they’re mixing with and make sure they aren’t getting involved with the wrong crowd.
“We want them to know that just because they’ve left prison it doesn’t mean we aren’t aware of where they are. It’s an intrusive process, but we want people living near them to feel safe.”
Although Gary has been fighting crime in the police force since 1990 he was once a promising footballer, but he retired aged just 23 after a contract dispute with Airdrie.
He said: “It’s true that football for a long time was my passion, but now it’s the police and I absolutely love it. I quit in my early 20s after a contract dispute with Airdrie, but maybe I wasn’t good enough either and here I am now.
“In recent times my role in CID was quite a proactive one and a lot of this job is management, so it’s a lot different, but while it’s challenging, I’m really enjoying it.”
Other issues Gary and his team are fighting at the moment are low level drug crime and violence at night in the city centre.
He said: “Dundee has developed a lot in recent times. There’s a lot of investment around the waterfront, so the city centre’s become a busy place to control at night.
“We also have two thriving universities and with all that growth it means there is nightlife in the city seven days a week.
“In terms of drugs, it’s the small suppliers in the city we deal with most and we’ve broken up a number of them in recent times. But regarding organised criminals coming into our area with vast stocks of drugs I’m not saying it isn’t a problem but it’s not a major issue now.”