Published: Monday, 30th April 2018
A new community action policing team has been launched in the Borders, aiming to tackle local issues across the area.
Community action policing team
The new seven-strong team provide a dedicated community resource which will specifically target issues such as anti-social behaviour and on-street parking.
The team has been operational since 1 April but was unveiled today at our Headquarters, who are helping to fund the team through a £282,000 investment.
We have agreed a joint process with Police Scotland, which will see the team reporting to the Local Area Commander.
Their work will be co-ordinated by the Scottish Borders Safer Communities team, based at HQ, using local intelligence to address specific community issues.
Performance reports will be provided to Councillors to help gauge the success of the team.
Chief Inspector Andy McLean, Local Area Commander for the Scottish Borders
“This is a really welcome and exciting joint venture between Scottish Borders Council and Police Scotland.
“This team will not be used to attend routine calls and as such will be a dedicated community resource to address local issues wherever they may occur across the Borders.
“The team will work in partnership and complement the existing police resource, but will be able to concentrate on specific issues that are identified through the joint tasking process.”
Councillor Watson McAteer, Chair of Police, Fire and Rescue and Safer Communities Board
“This is an exciting new partnership that aims to tackle lower level crimes which affect people right across the Borders.
“Police Scotland and Scottish Borders Council will be working closely together on this new approach, which I am assured will be dedicated to community issues such as anti-social behaviour.
“I am confident they can make a real difference, with regular performance reports to be presented to the Police, Fire and Rescue and Safer Communities Board and SBC’s Executive Committee to ensure the team is providing the most effective service it can for our communities.”
Councillor Shona Haslam, Leader
“Our Council budget announced in February focussed on intervention, prevention and innovation.
“The introduction of the new community policing team fulfils all three aims, and we believe will make a significant difference to the lives of people in the Borders.”
Sergeant Rachel Campbell, who is part of the new community action team
"We are a very enthusiastic team who are focused on our new roles.
“We are looking forward to providing a positive impact on the quality of life of those living, working, and visiting the Scottish Borders."
Images of the new community policing team are available on our Flickr page.