Changes to community policing

Changes to the way Police Scotland operate in the community has been addressed at local community council meetings.

Inspector Hamish Gray attended the January meeting of Inveresk Community Council and the February meeting of The City of Brechin and District Community Council to explain the changes that have happened.

Inspector Gray said: “Police Scotland have rolled out a different operational model which will see officers divided in to a response team and a community policing team,

“We’ve given an Angus ‘tweak’ to the model as we felt that we already had good relations with the community.”

He then outlined how many officers would make up the new community policing team. He explained: “We’ve got 150 officers in Angus, and 65 will be in the response team, and the rest are community officers.”

Previously, each area in Angus had their own individual community officers. In Brechin, the role was filled by PC Billy Rattray, whilst PC Iain Macpherson used to fill the role in the Brechin Landward area, which covered Edzell, before he left for another position.

Inspector Gray explained that the previous community officers would still work in the towns they previously did, but would now be part of a larger team.

He also took the opportunity at the meetings to outline the community priorities for Brechin and Edzell. They were identified as antisocial behaviour, speeding and antisocial driving, drug misuse and dealing and rural crime.

Changes to the working system also included alternations to working patterns, with more officers now working during the hours of 7 p.m. to 1 a.m., when they largest volume of calls tend to be received.

Inspector Gray added: “It’s early days. The changes launched on January 19, and it’s been agreed that we can tweak things up until the end of February. There will be a full review in April.

“However, I’d like to ask that you report back if you see any differences.

“I don’t think there will be an obvious difference straight away, but we’d ask that any feedback, good or bad, is highlighted to us via the website.”