A year after Scotland wide police and fire and rescue forces were introduced, a three year plan for the Borders has been drawn up by both services.
The plans identifying the focus for both services in the Borders were approved by Scottish Borders Council last week.
Police priorities are: protecting people; reducing violence, disorder and anti-social behaviour; tackling substance misuse; making roads safer; tackling serious organised crime; tackling theft.
For the Fire and Rescue Service the priorities are: reducing house fires; reducing fire casualties and fatalities; reduce deliberate fire settings; reducing road traffic accidents; reducing the number of fire alarm signals.
Recommending councillors approve the local plans, Councillor Donald Moffat, chair of the Scottish Borders Police, Fire and Safer Communities Board said: “The Local Policing Plan reflects the priorities of our communities here in the Scottish Borders, and the council will do all we can to ensure that our area has a visible and effective police service.”
Councillor Michelle Ballantyne said: “One of the things about the Borders is the positive relationship that communities have with the police and one of our concerns is the loss of that with Police Scotland. We seek reassurance about contact with community policing.”
Introducing the Fire and Rescue Service Plan, local senior officer, Peter Heath, said: “Through working in partnership to gain a shared understanding of local issues we will work together to deliver solutions to help build strong, safe and resilient communities.”.