Three-year plan is progressing well

AS THE Tayside Police Plan enters its second year Chief Constable Justine Curran has declared that it remains fit for purpose.

In a report, the Chief Constable has recommended to approve the continuation of the plan after an updated review late last year.

In Angus, key highlights of the review included anti-social behaviour and drugs including drug use, dealing and associated activity.

To help combat these issues Tayside Police have had full and active participation in a wide range of diversionary activities to support young people. These initiatives have been developed in conjunction with the Tayside Council on Alcohol and the local authority.

There has also been improved community engagement aimed at bridging the generational gap and providing support in a multi-agency approach to prevent anti-social behaviour.

In conjunction with the Angus Alcohol and Drug Partnership a drug harm reduction strategy has been implemented to ensure those involved with drugs and associated activities receive necessary support accompanied by effective enforcement.

Tayside Police as a whole have placed greater emphasis on ‘community policing’ and ‘listening to local needs and concerns’.

They have established a number of partnerships across all divisions and are planning further schemes in the near future.

The force has also responded to national initiatives such as ‘Contest - Prevent Strategy’ and developed a counter terrorism action plan.

All Tayside Police divisions have developed or are in the process of developing their social media presence and making use of a number of social networking tools across a number of platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

They have also engaged in a number of successful local and national campaigns aimed at road users such as ‘Get Ready for Winter’ and the month long ‘Festive Drink Drive Campaign’.

The three-year plan began in April last year with 70 recommendations arising from the Force Strategic Assessment 2011/14 which covered ‘very high’ and ‘high’ priorities aimed at minimising threat to Tayside communities.

These priorities were categorised under each priority as prevention, intelligence and enforcement activities (PIEs).

Further assessment was carried out last December and it was found that the majority of these recommendations remained relevant and there was little change in key findings.