THE TAYSIDE Police Community Task Force has returned for a second stint in Arbroath to deal with a wide range of local issues and concerns.
The team, comprising a sergeant and eight constables, will be working in the town, along with Carnoustie and Monifieth, for the next three months. They began their latest deployment at the end of last month.
The group has been tasked with tackling a wide range of problems that are specific to the area, which include drug misuse, anti-social behaviour and traffic offences.
The deployment in Arbroath also coincides with new area inspector Adrian Robertson being posted to the town and he told the Herald their aim is to make it a better place to live and work.
He said: “It was around 18 months since the Task Force was last in Arbroath where they did a lot of good work and it is important that they have returned to maintain that work.
“They will be tackling a range of issues that specifically relate to Arbroath including drug misuse and dealing which has unfortunately come to the fore again.
“Anti-social behaviour with also be looked into and not only with young people but general nuisance behaviour in the community.”
One initiative that the Task Force intend to focus on in the town is parking enforcement, especially around schools during the rush hour.
Officers will be advising both parents and children of how to get to school safely.
Inspector Robertson added: “Arbroath is going to be one of the pilot areas for the school parking initiative and already letters have gone to parents advising them about sensible parking.
“In the first instance we will be policing the schools and educating people on sensible parking but we will be prepared to give out tickets if children’s lives are repeatedly put at risk.
“Overall we just want to make Arbroath a better place to live, work and stay and hopefully we can make a difference.
Superintendent Ewen West is the officer in charge of the Task Force’s deployment in the area and he is appealing for all members of the community to work with the officers.
He said: “We are determined to make a tangible difference to the everyday lives of people working and residing in these areas, however, Tayside Police cannot tackle these issues alone and it is only by listening to and gathering valuable information from the local communities themselves that we can continue to make significant impact on the local criminal fraternity.
“I would encourage residents in Arbroath, Carnoustie and Monifieth to come forward and talk to us about their concerns. That way we can pro-actively address and resolve community issues.”