Borders Local Police Plan

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The region’s first Local Police Plan from Police Scotland is due to be approved by councillors today, Thursday, May 27.

It sets out the policing priorities for the Borders: protecting people; reducing anti-social behaviour; reducing violence; tackling substance misuse; making our roads safer; tackling serious organised crime. Police staffing levels are to remain atthe level they were before Scotland’s single police force came into operation in April.

Scottish Borders Council leader, Councillor David Parker said: “This is a historic year for policing, brought about by the move to a single force for Scotland. This will present challenges, but what remains constant is the desire not only to maintain, but to improve police service delivery within the Scottish Borders communities.

“For the first time local police priorities are being agreed in the Scottish Borders for the people of the Scottish Borders.”

Local Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Jeanette McDiarmid, said of the Local Police Plan (drawn up in collaboration with local communities): “It prioritises the issues that really matter to local people.

“Police officers will focus on these identified priorities to order to reduce crime.”

Policing priorities for Mid and East Berwickshire focus on: anti-social behaviour by groups of youths; underage drinking; speeding vehicles; and vulnerable residents targeted by doorstep callers.