PEOPLE in the Fraserburgh area will be seeing a lot of two Grampian Police Officers.
Constables Stephen Benedetti and Wayne Bedford have just been assigned as the new Community Beat Officers. Both are already familiar with the town and surrounding villages, having been based in the Broch for two and a half, and three years, respectively.
The two will cover different areas:
"Basically, we are slightly detached from response policing, much more community based.
"I will be focussing on Fraserburgh, the town, itself; the shops, the community council, resident associations and also, the harbour.
"I will also be involved in events like the Christmas Lights, the Blue Light Festival and the Vintage car rally.
"The role will also see me liaising with schools, if they want to arrange for a class to visit the police station," explained Constable Benedetti.
Constable Bedford's beat will encompass villages to the east and west of the town:
"I will be the officer covering the villages, including Rosehearty, Sandhaven, Inverallochy and Cairnbulg, New Aberdour and Pennan.
"It is a similar role to the Fraserburgh one, but detailed towards villages, including the port areas.
"I am looking to spend a lot of my time in the villages and residents in all those villages will be seeing a lot of me," he told the Herald.
Both officers emphasised their new enhanced focus on the ports within their areas:
"Ports are all getting a higher profile in view of security issues and the present terrorist threat," explained Constable Benedetti.
Their aim is to meet with members of the community and to be at its pulse:
"I am looking forward to it. It will be a change to what I have been doing, that will involve getting back on foot and we should have more time to talk to people. In that regard, we will be more of a presence and will be calling in to shops and organisations.
"So if people have an issue that they want to raise, they can do so," added Constable Benedetti.
Local Area Inspector John Esson said:
"I am delighted to say that despite the recent loss of Alan Low and Ewan Ross, two of our long serving CBO's, we now have two experienced, dedicated and committed replacements in Constables Steven Benedetti and Wayne Bedford.
"Both intend making themselves known to the communities they are serving and will hopefully soon become "weel kent faces" in the Fraserburgh area.
"I look forward to both Officer's maintaining and building on the partnership links forged by their predecessors," he said.
Although, the Community Beat Officers will mainly be on the rota for early and late shifts to maximise their contacts within the community, both acknowledge that they will be called upon to join response unit officers should the need arise; that's the nature of policing.
Both officers can be contacted through the usual channels, either by calling the non-emergency line (01845 600 5700) or members of the public can call into the Police Station on Dennyduff Road.
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