Police numbers in the region demand led

Councillor Donald Moffat presented members of the Borders Safer Communities team with the Scottish Safer Communities Award they won for their innovative work with the farming community which helped reduce the value of theft from farms by 62%.
Councillor Donald Moffat presented members of the Borders Safer Communities team with the Scottish Safer Communities Award they won for their innovative work with the farming community which helped reduce the value of theft from farms by 62%.

Reassurances about police numbers in the Borders were given by Superintendent Andy Clark at a recent Safer Communities Board meeting.

“The Scottish Borders is a challenging environment, with its 1,800 square miles and remoteness of certain communities across the region,” said Supt Clark.

“However, I can assure members of the public in the Borders that when the demand and priority is in the Scottish Borders, the response will be from across the division.

“This is highlighted by the current investigation into the serious assault and robbery in Galashiels earlier this month, which has seen a significant level of specialist resources deployed to the case.”

Chair of the Police, Fire and Rescue and Safer Communities Board, Councillor Donald Moffat, said: “Superintendent Clark’s reassurance to board members that sufficient resources are available to deal with any significant incident that occurs in the Borders is welcomed.

“There were also a number of positive statistics which were presented to the board from Police Scotland, such as a decrease in house break-ins and car thefts, as well as raised awareness about domestic abuse which has seen a rise in reports to the police.

“Police also reported a rise in the number of people killed or seriously injured on roads in the Borders, with no common cause to link these tragic incidents.

“The council will continue to work alongside partners including the police on a number of road safety initiatives such as the current young driver scheme, which has seen over 100 under 26-year-old people pass the advanced driver course. There has also been an under 17 driving event and an ongoing Gold driver pilot for older drivers.”