Street Pastors service launched in Peterhead


Officers in Peterhead have conducted an operation in the town to crack down on the use of illegal drugs and tackle community concerns such as youth disorder, street drinking and anti-social behaviour.

As part of Operation Rhylstone, officers from Community Policing Teams were also joined by colleagues from Roads Policing during the weekend of Friday, November 29 and Saturday, November 30.

Officers had use of an itemiser device which is used to detect traces of illegal drugs and made use of the machine at licences premises in Peterhead, including Mambo’s.

Additionally, high visibility patrols were carried out around the town centre as well as in outlying areas such as Cruden Bay, Mintlaw and New Pitsligo to deter and detect issues such as street drinking.

During the weekend, one person under the age of 18 was found to be in possession of alcohol and four people were found drinking alcohol in the street, which is a breach of the Peterhead drinking by-law.

Meanwhile, on the Saturday, the new volunteer Street Pastor Service was launched in Peterhead. The 15 volunteers had their Commissioning Service on Saturday and will be a regular sight in and around Peterhead.

The Street Pastors in Peterhead intend to work every Saturday night from 10pm to 4am and describe themselves as a caring heart, a listening ear and a helping hand.

After their Commissioning Service on Saturday, the Street Pastors took to the pavements of Peterhead and were positively received.

Sergeant Claire Smith of the Buchan Community Policing Team said: “It is great to have the opportunity to work alongside the licensed premises in order to achieve the common goal of keeping the Peterhead night time economy a pleasant and enjoyable one.

“With the lead up to the festive period it means a time of various parties and events which do not normally take place during the rest of the year.

“It is at this time of year we have members of the public who possibly are not usually out on a Friday or Saturday night and we want them to know that Peterhead is a place where they can come and be safe, and enjoy themselves.

“It is great to have the Street Pastors joining us in Peterhead. I know they are a great success in Aberdeen, where they started in 2007. “

Mambo’s licence holder, Stuart Findlay said: “I was delighted with the Police presence at the nightclub and felt the operation was a success.

“It was great to work in conjunction with officers from Police Scotland over the course of the weekend to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for customers.”

Banff & Buchan MP Dr Eilidh Whiteford also welcomed the Peterhead Street Pastors, saying: “This initiative is backed by Police Scotland, the Buchan Community Safety Group and the Peterhead councillors and has been demonstrated where it operates elsewhere to contribute effectively to the safety of those using our town centres on Saturday nights.

“I congratulate organiser Frances Scott and her team on getting to this stage. Their enthusiasm for this new project was clearly evident to all who attended Saturday night’s launch and I wish them every success as they move forward with this initiative.”