MEMBERS of the Tayside Joint Police Board met on Monday to hear how Tayside Police’s preventative community style of policing is already generating solid results and performances throughout the area.
The results of the annual performance report, which was presented at the meeting, stated that initiatives such as the After Dark campaign, designed to remind people to install timer switches in their homes to reduce break-ins, will continue this year.
It was also reported that there has been a 53% decrease in crimes for supplying Class A drugs.
This is a measure of the success Tayside Police is having in both disrupting and targeting dealers and their impact on serious and organised crime.
Tayside Police will continue to share intelligence and work with colleagues across the Scottish Police Service and the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency to make Tayside a hostile place for those intent on dealing in drugs.
While the force has great success in some areas, road safety continues to be an area of concern.
There has been a reduction in the number of people seriously injured in collisions, falling from 227 in 2009/10 to 178 in 2010/11, the number of people who lost their lives has increased from 23 to 34.
Keeping road users safe is a policing priority for Tayside Police and the last year has seen some excellent partnership working with the DVLA, the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency and HM Revenue and Customs in taking dangerous drivers off the road and also preventing the road network being used by travelling criminals.
Three Public Protection Units in Dundee, Perth and Angus continue to ensure that the most vulnerable people in the community are given the best policing service and access to the support agencies that they need.
In the last year the force has once again been a firm supporter of the White Ribbon campaign aimed at highlighting the issues surrounding domestic abuse.
Tayside Police deal with missing people on a daily basis.
In the last year 2331 missing person incidents were recorded, each one demanding significant and critical police investigation.
Whilst nearly all reported missing people return within 24 hours, there are those who are missing for considerable lengths of time, and those who have still to be traced. Tayside Police will continue to make diligent enquiries into the whereabouts of all missing people, especially missing children and vulnerable adults.
The last year has seen Tayside Police consult with the public in new ways.
Not only have social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter allowed the force to engage more with communities, surveys carried out show that public trust and confidence in the force is growing.
Chief Constable Justine Curran said: “I am immensely proud of what Tayside Police officers and staff have achieved in the last year, especially against a backdrop of economic hardship and with significant uncertainty about the future and funding cuts but we must keep the momentum going.
“The next few years will prove extremely challenging, with budget constraints meaning we have to maintain performance with less public money. We are already looking at ways of transforming the service, working with managers, staff and partners to address these financial circumstances.
“Whatever the future may hold, we will continue to be part of communities helping you, protecting you, and making a difference.”