In the small CID which was in the charge of Detective Sargent Alfred Cowan, they held themselves remote from the uniform men.
Cowan and his detectives managed not to involve themselves in petty crime and were happy to leave this to us.
If something more serious occurred, particularly if solving it looked apparent, the CID would then show a keen interest. Basically, except in the case of really serious crime in which the CID had to be involved in (and of course would have media coverage) they were only really interested in crimes that were capable of being solved.
Cowan, a cynical man with nearly 30 years service spent of lot of time drinking in some of the seedier pubs in the town often assisted by Detective Constable Eric Greenwood (who also doubled as Coroner’s Officer).