Extra police presence in run up to Christmas

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LOTHIAN and Borders Police will deploy extra officers in communities across the Scottish Borders this weekend, as part of an ongoing effort to deal with incidents of violence and disorder over the festive period.

Arrangements have been made for officers who normally fulfil departmental roles to be deployed in front-line response roles to bolster the police response to such incidents on one of the busiest weekends of the year.

A range of enforcement and preventative activity will be undertaken, with officers focusing their efforts on targeting domestic assault and alcohol-related violence across Edinburgh, the Lothians, and the Borders.

Superintendent Andrew Allan, from Lothian and Borders Police, said: “As part of our ongoing effort to tackle all forms of violence in local communities, we are deploying substantial numbers of additional officers within communities across the Scottish Borders this weekend.

“The extra officers will provide a visible presence on local streets, and will help police deal swiftly and decisively with incidents of violence.

“There will be a particular focus on domestic abuse as part of this activity, in line with the ongoing Lothian and Borders Police campaign against domestic abuse over the festive period.

“Likewise, we are conscious that this is one of the busiest weekends of the year due to the numbers of revellers enjoying a night out with friends or colleagues before Christmas, and the deployment of extra officers will ensure that we are well equipped to deal with incidents of alcohol-related violence and disorder.”