Policing the community

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Carnoustie Community Council learned at their latest monthly meeting about Police Scotland’s new community policing model.

The initiative has been introduced throughout Angus with immediate effect and will see a re-distribution of police officers throughout the county burghs with a view to making the police presence more community orientated.

At the most recent community council meeting Sergeant Andy Carrol explained that the establishment of Police Scotland some 18 months ago had seen an overall cut of the police budget in Scotland of £60 million in real terms. It meant that they had to look at ways of providing a better service with fewer resources.

This latest initiative would increase the police presence in Carnoustie and every other burgh in Angus by some 30 per cent, with two community officers and two response officers on duty at any one time.

The plan is to tackle some of the issues that people in the community are most concerned with such as illegal parking, vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

According to Sgt Carroll the aim is to address the root causes of community problems before incidents occur rather than just recording things when they happen.

The police have already been engaged with local schools including the High School and had received a very positive response.

There will be a more visible police presence in the town and the strength of the new model will make it easier for the new team to target issues such as illegal parking or other anti-social activity. Sgt Carroll referred to the new ‘Multi-member Ward Plan’ (http://www.scotland.police.uk/your-community/tayside/angus/carnoustie-and-district/), which gives police contact etc details. Any non-emergency call to the 101 phone number will be transferred to the local policing team.

Similarly, the group email address will allow contact with the team to discuss non urgent local crime or anti-social behaviour but should not be used to report a crime or incident. The e-mail address is taysidecarnoustiedistrictcpt@scotland.pnn.police.uk

Sgt Carroll is Carnoustie’s dedicated police contact. If you have any concerns or issues you would like the police to address please get in touch with Sgt Carroll.