Praise for police staff’s continuing commitment

Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith.
Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith.

Police officers and staff in Tayside have been praised for their continued hard work after the publication of figures detailing the number of crimes across the country

Chief Superintendent Eddie Smith, Tayside Divisional Commander, also pledged a commitment to keeping people safe.

He said: “We are focused on listening to people in our communities about what matters to them and most and our policing priorities reflect this. Our officers and staff, with the support of colleagues from around the country, are dedicated to keeping people safe and ensuring that each town and village in Tayside are places where people can live, work and relax without fear of being a victim of crime.”

Officers in Perth and Kinross have detected 98.4 per cent of violent crime, with Angus having a detection rate of 93.1 per cent and in Dundee city 88.2 per cent of crimes of this nature were detected. Overall in Tayside, violent crime has decreased by 1.4 per cent and the force has placed a strong emphasis on tackling alcohol-related violence.

Chief Superintendent Smith continued: “Officers in Tayside are regularly tasked in Campaign Against Violence and Centresafe operations which provides additional resources for frontline police officers and includes specialist support for days of action.”

He also said the creation of a single service has ensured consistency of service, including a victim-centred approach to crimes such as Domestic Abuse. Tayside detection rates for this type of crime are 80.3 per cent and Mr Smith is keen to encourage victims to report incidents.

Tayside Division has also seen a decline in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the roads. The number of casualties has reduced by 23.8 per cent, the number fatalities has decreased by 19 per cent and the number serious injuries decreased by 6.7 per cent.