Local policing priorities in Angus

Police Scotland station in Forfar
Police Scotland station in Forfar

Angus’s policing priorities were under the spotlight at a consultation event held at Forfar Police Station last week.

The consultation gave those in attendance the change to discuss the current five priorities, and whether they remain as such for the county’s officers.

Police Scotland Commander for Angus, Chief Inspector Gordie Milne, hosted the consultation, with local councillors and community councillors in attendance along with representatives from Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

The current local priorities for Angus are public protection and security, anti-social behaviour, road safety, theft and scams and serious and organised crime.

The partnership between police and trading standards in tackling scams in the county was highlighted as a success story. Chief Inspector Milne discussed Operation Carpus - a joint operation between trading standards and police which took place in 2014.

Community police officers visited those identified as potentially having been targeted by scams, and provided them with advice and assistance to prevent them from becoming the victims of further scams and instigating measures in conjunction with trading standards and the social work department to protect them and keep them safe.

Another success story was the work done by officers on tackling ‘legal highs’. It was explained police in Angus had to design their own way of tackling with the issue, and the work done is now being used at a wider level by other division in Police Scotland.

The work done by campaigners in Forfar to prevent a ‘legal highs’ shop from opening in North Street was also praised during the meeting.

While it was agreed on the whole that the current priorities are still relevant to the county, is was pointed out that each individual burgh would rank each priority differently.

The list of priorities can be found at www.scotland.police.uk/your-community/