Police letterbox

Pictured are CO-OP manager Cindy Morris and Brechin Community Liaison Officer Billy Rattray at the letterbox in the CO-OP, Trinity Road.
Pictured are CO-OP manager Cindy Morris and Brechin Community Liaison Officer Billy Rattray at the letterbox in the CO-OP, Trinity Road.

A Police Community Letterbox scheme to provide the people of Brechin a private, convenient and alternative way to contact the police has been launched.

The letterboxes, which can be found within Co-op, Trinity Road and SCOTMID, Montrose Street, are designed to allow members of the community to post questions, complaints or information to the Police in Brechin.

Brechin Community Liaison Officer, Billy Rattray, who will check and empty both boxes on a regular basis, said: “We are always looking at new ways to make it easier for the community to make contact with us. “We are interested to hear about local issues and, by receiving information from the public, the scheme puts us in a better position to improve our service and make the community a safer place.”

Constable Rattray is aware that many people are cautious about having personal contact with the police and believes that the letterbox scheme provides the perfect solution for such people.

“The police letterbox can be used by anyone in the community who has an issue which the police may be in a position to become involved with,” he said.

“Such matters can range from antisocial behaviour to any form of community tension.

“I would also urge people to use the letterbox to provide information on those who cause real damage in the community by dealing drugs.

“Really, the boxes can be used for anything which the police should know about.

“Although the letterbox can be used to provide anonymous information, I would advise that I would like to be in a position to contact anyone who leaves a note for the police, even if it is a short telephone call. Although anonymous information is better than no information, it is difficult for us to act when there is no contact details left. I would also reassure people by guaranteeing that any information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.”