Police surgery hits the road

SNP councillors Bob Watson and Ian Gray have welcomed the news that Grampian Police will be reaching out to local communities across Banffshire later this month.

Officers will be taking the Mobile Police Surgery to Aberchirder and Gardenstown and making themselves available to discuss any issues of concern with local residents.

Commenting, Councillor Gray, who represents Aberchirder, said: “The continued police focus on Aberchirder in light of the criminal activities of a number of individuals there earlier last year is to be welcomed.

“Matters have improved greatly in the village but there is no room for complacency and intelligence-led policing which aims to nip and future problems in the bud before they become problems is very much a two-way process.

“I hope that Foggie residents will take the opportunity to meet with their local police officers and continue to support them in their task.”

Councillor Watson added: “I very much welcome this initiative from Grampian Police.

“It is important that police officers are accessible and available in all our communities to get first hand information from local residents.

“Thanks to the SNP Scottish Government’s pledge to put 1000 extra police officers on our streets, our police force is able to take initiatives such as these.

!The reform of policing in Scotland which is designed to protect front-line services will lead to more resources being available by stripping out layers of management and continued community policing in the face of the cuts being handed down from the Westminster Government.”

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