Local and national policing priorities within the Lothians and Scottish Borders continue to be addressed during the first year of Police Scotland.
Following the launch of the new Force on April 1st 2013, West Lothian, East and Midlothian and the Scottish Borders were merged into one division, with officers working diligently since then to tackle a number of issues requiring a police response.
Police Scotland’s key priority is to keep people safe and across the Lothians and Scottish Borders division various enforcement and engagement activity has been undertaken to tackle violence and disorder in each of these regions.
As a result, crimes of this nature have fallen across the division, while the solvency rate for hate crime has also increased. In addition, more members of the public are now coming forward to report hate offences, allowing police to conduct robust enquiries and bring those responsible to justice.
Another priority for Police Scotland is removing weapons and harmful substances from our communities.
Between April 2013 and 2014, local officers throughout the division regularly carried out stop and search activity to seize any items that may present a risk to the public.
The number of positive searches during this time increased in all areas over the past twelve months and large quantities of knives, drugs and stolen property have been recovered as a result.
The division remains committed to promoting crime prevention and working closely with the local communities to stop criminal activity occurring in the first instance. Officers have now pledged to continue this commitment in the coming years.
Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, Divisional Commander for the Lothians and Scottish Borders Division said: “The first year of Police Scotland has seen us deal with a number of challenging incidents and events as we strive to keep our communities in the Borders safe.
“Our commitment to local policing remains unchanged, and the communities have continued to see local officers dealing with local problems throughout this period of transition.
“Officers in your area are working to address local priorities such as housebreaking and acquisitive crime and have already seen significant success in bringing offenders to justice through the ongoing Operation RAC.
“Whenever the public bring their issues or concerns to our attention, we will respond accordingly.
“I would urge all members of our communities throughout the Lothians and Scottish Borders to continue their engagement with us and work alongside your local policing teams to keep your area safe.”