Policing your community

In April a local policing team was put in place to cover the Kincardine and Mearns area. The three officers involved have been out and about getting to know their communitites. They have sent this correspondence to us to let you know a bit about them and what they do.

Since 1 April 2012, Ian, Gordon and I have taken on a specific role within the Kincardine and Mearns Local Policing Team as Community Officers with a number of responsibilities including directly engaging with all people living, working and visiting Kincardine and Mearns.

Since starting this role we have enjoyed patrolling the towns and villages on foot and engaging with members of the public, business owners and other organisations to explain our role and obtain feedback on relevant policing matters that we can take forward on your behalf.

During this short period, we have learned a great deal, although recognise we have only uncovered ‘the tip of the iceberg’ in terms of community information and realise that there is substantially more to be done.

It is however reassuring that a number of you are working hard in endeavouring to show and promote your communities in the most positive light and are offering help, support and assistance to those who need it.

During a recent radio broadcast, it was suggested that about 20% of the UK population admitted to not knowing their neighbours by name or having spoken to them.

Would this be the same for Kincardine and Mearns? How are things here in that respect and do we still have a close sense of community, or could we be doing more to help make our communities safe?

We are always eager to hear from any Resident/Tenants Associations that are in existence in Kincardine and Mearns or anybody who is considering forming such an association.

It is appreciated that not all members of the public are comfortable speaking to police officers about problems in their community, but they might be prepared to do so through a third party such as a Residents Association.

Recent discussion has taken place between the local Police and representatives of Aberdeenshire Council regarding issues of littering and dog fouling. Whilst the council has primacy for dealing with these problems, Police Officers have a role to play in addressing matters when persons are seen to be offending.

Traffic Wardens are looking at issues regarding inconsiderate parking (including parking on double yellow lines) in the area.

Discussion has already taken place between them and Aberdeenshire Council regarding the condition of some double yellow lines painted on the road. It is hoped that by raising an awareness of this issue, members of the community will address it without the need to adopt a heavy handed ‘zero tolerance’ approach.

As I mentioned, there is much more work to be done by ourselves, however we can only achieve improvements if members of the community approach us and offer practical and relevant comments/ viewpoints or ideas, because without these views, we would be failing to serve the whole community.

If you wish to contact either myself Ian or Gordon, then this can be done be e-mail at mylocalpolicingteam@grampian.pnn.police.uk.

Please ensure that all ongoing policing issues continue to be reported via the Grampian Police non emergency number of 0845 600 5 700 or 999 in emergencies.

Thank you

Graham Wilson, Ian Edwards, Gordon McQueen

Local Policing Team Constables