POLICE in Forfar are pleased with the progress being made in the Glens and Gallowshade areas of the town.
Over the past six months the community liasion officers, constables Scott Anderson and Ally Smith, have been working in the area alongside beat officers and community wardens.
The area was highlighted through public feedback where people said they wanted the police to give both the Glens and Gallowshade extra attention.
Since then the police and community wardens have had a higher profile and have eincreased foot patrols. They have also been helped by local group Glens United and the Asda supermarket to work better with the community.
A number of projects and activities have been set up in the area to strengthen the bonds between the police and the community.
Recent successes include a football project in conjunction with Dundee FC where members of the community took part in training schemes with the SPL club. This was very well attended and feedback from both the community and the club was overwhelmingly positive. It is now hoped that this will be a regular feature in the future.
Constable Anderson also highlighted the work of local convience store manager Ali who has worked wonders with the community through his football projects.
Ali manages and trains a Glens area football team which has also been well received. Constable Anderson said: “Ali does great work in the community and I think that should be highlighted.
“He was instrumental in the recent game at Station Park between the Glens football team and Tayside Police.
“That game really helped to strengthen relations between the police and the community and it was a great game.”
Constable Ally Smith added: “We thought it might be a bit of a rough game with people having the chance to have a pop at the police but it was a great game and a really clean game.
“Everyone should be commended for their conduct that day. It did wonders to build respect between the police and the community.”
Constable Anderson said that he was really pleased with how all the groups involved worked together including council groups, Glens United, the police and the community wardens. They meet regularly to discuss the issues that matter to the people of the Glens and Galllowshade community and what can be done to fix any issues that arise.
While extra focus has been given to this area the community liasion officers were keen to stress that the rest of the town is not being neglected.
Regular patrols are still being carried out throughout the entire Forfar ward.
Forfar’s community liaison officers are now on Twitter.
To follow them just search for @ForfarPC and @ForfarCentrePC.