A decision to reduce council-funded community policing has been labelled “a mistake” by a former member of the Police Board.
Councillor Adam Montgomery (Lab) hit out after the SNP administration agreed to slash funding for the Midlothian Community Action Teams (MCAT) by 50 per cent at a budget meeting on December 16.
Two teams currently provide a tactical police response to crime and anti-social behaviour.
Councillor Montgomery said: “I am really disappointed to see this, basically cutting it down to one. They have made a difference in our communities and there are some great examples of how they have worked. They have been prominent at many public events, dealing with anti- social behaviour.”
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