MEMBERS of the general public aren’t exactly flocking to the Tayside Police and local community surgeries staged fortnightly in Kirriemuir.
However, the police and local authority remained convinced that they can become useful tools in helping to deal with a range of community issues.
Local community liaison officer Pam Colvin who, along with colleague Constable Alan Bell and a representative from the housing department of Angus Council, attended the first surgery, admitted that there had not been a great uptake by members of the public so far.
“It is a little disappointing, considering we have distributed over 400 flyers in the community, outlining when and where the surgeries are being held,” explained the constable.
The plan is to continue to stage the surgeries in St. Andrew’s Church hall, Kirriemuir, until June.
“Hopefully, more people will make use of the surgeries to allow us to continue them after June,” continued Constable Colvin. “It is an opportunity for members of the public with concerns about a range of community issues - everything from anti-social behaviour and drugs concerns to problems with litter and dog fouling - to be able to speak to community police officers and/or members of the council’s housing department in confidence.”
The next surgery will be held in St. Andrew’s Church hall, Kirriemuir, between 2 pm and 4 pm on Wednesday, February 23.
PICTURED ABOVE: Constable Pam Colvin, Angus Council housing officer manager Matthew McColl and Constable Alan Bell, who were on hand at the first of the regular surgeries staged in St Andrew’s Church hall, Kirriemuir. (Picture by photosonlocation. co.uk).