Carnoustie’s new community policeman is Constable Steve Borland (47), who is replacing Mark Callison. He has been an officer for 23 years.
He attended Fintry Primary School in Dundee then moved across town to Harris Academy.
Speaking at Carnoustie Police office on Friday, he stated: “I tried a few things prior to the police including the bar trade and a stint in the Royal Navy and reserves. I was also a surveyor in the assessor’s office of Tayside Regional Council.”
Steve joined the police in 1990, initially serving in the east end of Dundee which in those days included Monifieth. Later he was posted to Forfar.
He explained: “Mostly I worked in Kirriemuir and Brechin although I spent time in all the Angus burghs. I returned to Dundee around 1995 and got married in 2000 when we moved to Monifieth.”
In 2009 he became an instructor at the Scottish Police College for two years.
He commented: “I am honoured to take up the Carnoustie community post. I want people to know that I am here to listen and help.
“Being a community officer gives me the opportunity to find out how Carnoustie ticks and what you would all like to see happening to enhance your own neighbourhood.”
Steve has three projects in mind already. He is very aware that there is nothing to do for the 13-to-17-year-olds in Carnoustie and Monifieth on a Friday evening and would like to get something organised, with the help of local adults, centred round the Beach Hall.
He would also like to get young and old people together and to understand each other better.
He said that one option is get schoolchildren to visit care homes. However, he is open to ideas and is prepared to listen to any appropriate way to promote befriending.
In the rural area he would like every farm to have Smart water status as it is a recognised means of reducing crime.