Changes to community policing in Midlothian appease fears

Police Scotland officer
Police Scotland officer

The policing model for Midlothian is to change in March following concerns raised about the current structure put in place just last year.

On March 4 a new operational policing model within Midlothian will be implemented. This aims to match demand with resource distribution and enhance community-policing teams to meet local needs.

The current model, introduced in March 2014,had received criticism, with communities complaining about a lack of community officers. Community policing is at the heart of the new operational policing model, with the majority of resources (54 per cent) to be deployed in community policing teams.

Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson, local area commander for Midlothian said: “This new model enhances Police Scotland’s commitment to local policing and ensures all of our communities within Midlothian are served by a dedicated community policing team.”

The chief inspector revealed the changes at the latest Midlothian Federation of Community Councils meeting last week, after individual community councils had complained about the lack of police interaction.

Mayfield and Easthouses Community Council is one such group. Its chairman Robert Hogg was pleased with the proposed changes.

He said: “We have been promised new teams in place with more community officers. Most of the officers in each team will be community-based.

“We are a bit more relaxed about it after listening to him.

“The thing in place just now is not working, so he is using this new method, which has been used in other areas in Scotland to good affect.

“We are going to leave it a couple of months and see how it goes here.”

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