Last month I was delighted to support Police Scotland's Community surgeries in the West End. It is good that the police are looking for ways to engage with local people. I would encourage anyone who wants to have a chat with the local police to get along to these events. The police are able to chat to you about crime prevention and if you want to report any non-urgent concerns to the police you can speak to the police there. Remember to call 101 or 999 in case of any emergency.
Today from 1pm until 4pm there will be a Community Surgery in the Mitchell Street Centre, the surgeries will be there on the first Tuesday of the month from now on.
Next Monday, 13th March, from 1pm until 4pm there will be a Community Surgery at Blackness Library, the surgeries will be there on the second Monday of the month from now on.
I welcome this initiative from Police Scotland and I think that it is a welcome return to putting community policing at the heart of what the police do. Since Police Scotland was set up I think that not enough attention has been placed on community policing and local people have complained to me about this. Hopefully, this is the start of a real change in attitude from Police Scotland. I would also like to see Police Scotland make significant use of the one of the best community facilities that they have in our area, Ryehill Police Station. It would be good if local people could regularly contact the police at our local police station.