TAYSIDE Police’s Community Task Force has returned to Dundee after working in Angus and Perthshire and over the next three months Broughty Ferry will be one of the areas to which it will be deployed.
The task force, which consists of a sergeant and six constables, will be boosted during their deployment by the secondment of local community sergeant Bob Saunders and two constables, enhancing the local knowledge of the team.
The team will be directed solely towards tackling local issues ranging from public protection and safety, illegal drug activity, acquisitive crime, alcohol related crime and disorder, and antisocial behaviour including vandalism and underage drinking.
The group has been deployed throughout the Tayside area and has had a positive impact on local community problems. Similar levels of success are anticipated during this deployment.
Chief Inspector Dave Barclay, who will oversee the work of the task force said: “These officers will listen to members of local communities to determine the main concerns and issues which need to be addressed and provide additional support towards the excellent work already being carried out by local beat and community officers.
“Partnership working will be crucial and Dundee City Council antisocial behaviour team, the community wardens, youth workers, housing and education departments, Tayside Fire and Rescue and local community groups will all be onboard.
“We are determined to make a tangible difference to the everyday lives of people working and residing in the areas we cover. However, Tayside Police cannot tackle these issues alone and it is only by listening to and gathering valuable information from the local communities themselves that we can continue to make significant impact on the local criminal fraternity.
Chief Inspector Barclay continued: “I am delighted that the Community Task Force is back and look forward to seeing the positive impact they will have on the people who live in the areas being covered. The Task Force provides an extremely flexible policing resource that can deal with and resolve a whole variety of issues for communities.
“I would encourage community members to work with us as we endeavour to deliver an enhanced, proactive policing service that can make a real difference.”
Inspector Katie Chisholm added: “The Task Force hit the ground running in the area last week. During this short time we have already had a number of successes with drug warrants executed and persons arrested for a variety of offences including vandalism, theft, drugs and housebreaking.