Bobbies back on the beat

Picture: John Devlin
Picture: John Devlin

Police in the Buchan area have hailed a new scheme to get more police officers on the streets a success.

Facing calls on the force by residents and councillors to see an increased presence on the streets, local police responded with an increased street presence.

Splitting Buchan into 12 areas, there has been one foot patrol in the morning and one in the evening since the scheme began in April.

An officer will patrol a town for a couple of hours, and is encouraged to talk to residents and be seen in the towns.

Inspector George Cordiner has been impressed with the results.

“There has already been a reduction in anti social behaviour since this began.

“It is a preventative measure where officers can be seen.”

And as well as crime prevention, he added that an increased presence is helping the police to be a positive presence in north east communities.

“It gives us the opportunity to talk to people in the community and learn from them.”

He added that it has been popular within the force as well.

“It is well received by our officers, who occasionally go from incident to incident.

“The are enjoying getting to go in the community.”

He added that although the patrols are planned in advance, there is flexibility a crime pattern emerges so they can “adapt and place resources in that area”.

June saw an additional 97 hours of officers on foot patrol, not including the evenings and nights of the weekend where a strong police presence was already in place.

After positive feedback from councillors and the public the plan is being adopted in Fraserburgh and Banff.

Councillor for Peterhead and Rattray Fiona McRae praised the police’s further involvement in communities.

“All of the efforts they are making are clearly making a difference.

“The number of crimes such as break ins are down, and the only statistic that remains unchanged is road accidents.”