Our focus, your priorities for community safety say Police and Fire Services
4th December 2014
Officers from Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service will be attending Highland Council Ward Forum Meetings over the coming weeks.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the local meetings and have their chance to comment on the priorities for community safety in their community.
The focus of these meetings is to reduce crime and disorder, to increase public reassurance within local communities and to keep people safe. This consultation process informs the Multi-Member Ward Priorities for Highland.
Chief Superintendent Julian Innes said: "The communities of the Highland and Islands are well used to and enjoy the community style of policing. This style is based on the feedback we receive from our local communities. These public meetings are an opportunity to engage with us, let us know what is important locally, what our priorities should be and what we can do better.
Local, community led policing is at the heart of Police Scotland. Within the Highland and Islands Division we continue to see reducing crime rates achieved through hard work, determination and effective and co-ordinated partnership working in our communities.
Highland is a safe place in which to live, visit, work and bring up a family. This consultation process assists us in focusing our resources in areas which matter to you. This is what community policing is about, and that is what we aim to deliver."
Local Senior Officer for SFRS, Scott Hay said: "We value working in partnership. It reduces risk in our communities and delivers services where they are needed.
"I am delighted to be part of this joint consultation process with our Police colleagues in engaging with people in our communities. This is vitally important to get a better understanding of local concerns and challenges regarding risk reduction, as well as making our communities safer, and more importantly, feel safer.
"The Fire and Rescue Service in Highland is provided and delivered in partnership with our communities - our firefighters are your friends and neighbours. This is by far the best and most effective way to ensure our service is tailored to local need. And that's why we need communities to come forward and ensure their views are at the core of our decision making."
Chair of the Community Safety, Public Engagement and Equalities Committee, Cllr Angela MacLean encouraged communities to attend Ward Forums in their area. She said: "Working together to prevent crime and keep our neighbourhoods safe is everyone's responsibility. This is your opportunity to meet with local officers, raise any concerns and say what is important to you."
The following dates have been confirmed and further dates will be made available when added.
CROMARTY FIRTH WARD- 4th December 2014- Heritage Centre, Alness at 7.30pm
TAIN & EASTER ROSS WARD- 10th December 2014- Tain Parish Church Hall, Queen Street, Tain.
CAITHNESS (Combining WICK, THURSO & LANDWARD CAITHNESS wards)- 15th December 2014- Wick Town Hall - -7.00pm
Chair of Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee questions Police Control Room decisions Chair of the Council's Badenoch and Strathspey Area Committee, Cllr Bill Lobban (Independent), has questioned Police Scotland's proposals for closing the Inverness Control Room and establishing two National Database Enquiry Units (NDEUs). His comments follow a presentation by Police Scotland to members at the local Committee today, Tuesday 5 September.
HMICS PUBLISHES Thematic Inspection of the Scottish Police Authority - Phase 1 Review of Openness and Transparency. A review by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) into the openness and transparency of the way that the Scottish Police Authority conducts its business has concluded that there is a need for the Authority to genuinely engage with its stakeholders and listen to the views of those with an interest in the policing of Scotland.
The Highland Council took part in observing a minute's silence at 11:00 today Tuesday 6 June, in respect of the terrorist attack in London on Saturday 3 June 2017. Leader of the Highland Council, Margaret Davidson said: "Our thoughts and sympathies are with all those affected by these most recent horrific incidents.
Police Scotland to strengthen community focus and deal with emerging threats. Scotland needs an increasingly resilient, flexible, responsive and locally-focused police service to help keep communities safe.
A new safety camera motorcycle which can be used across the country is being launched by The Scottish Safety Camera Programme. The motorcycle will supplement and enhance the mobile fleets as its compact nature will allow it to attend at locations previously unavailable to the current fleet of camera vans.
The Leader of the Council has welcomed the announcement by Police Scotland of their plan to delay the closure of the Inverness Control Room and transfer of command and control to Dundee until June 2017. Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson said: "The HMICS (Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabularies Scotland) Report set the bar high for standards of assurance and we need to have a guarantee that all these standards have been met before any changes can take place.
Thursday, 1st September 2016, Drop in between 1pm - 4.30pm Thurso Police Office, Olrig Street, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7JA Police Scotland are carrying out Preliminary Supplier Engagements, "Meet the Buyer" Events, across a few geographical areas in Scotland as part of their research into deciding the best way forward for their new upcoming tender for joinery and locksmith services in relation to boarding up premises in the Highlands and Islands. They would like to invite any suppliers that are interested in participating, to come along to the above venue for an informal drop in session.
The Highland Council has congratulated Divisional Commander of the Highlands and Islands, Julian Innes on his retiral and thanked him for his service at his last Committee meeting on 23 March 2016. Chair of the Communities and Partnerships Committee, Cllr Hamish Fraser said: Chief Superintendent Innes has made a huge contribution to the safety of our communities.
Police Scotland are holding a Candidate Briefing Session on Saturday 16th January 2016 at Wick Police Station, Bankhead Road, Wick. Candidate Briefing Sessions are aimed at those who are interested in joining Police Scotland as a Regular or Special Constable.
As part of Operation Monarda, Police Scotland's campaign against Bogus Callers and associated Doorstep Crime, officers from Police Scotland, VOSA, SEPA and Highland Council Trading Standards, carried out a high visibility operations in both Inverness and Brora last week. Operation Monarda aims to raise awareness of bogus callers, rogue traders and associated doorstep crime by providing advice and information on how householders can protect themselves from such crimes.
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