Community policing concerns are raised in Midlothian

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Community councils in Midlothian fear that recent changes to police operations will lead to a cut in the number of community officers.

Some local groups have called for answers over the future of community policing as a result of changes introduced at the start of the month.

However, Police Scotland says it has actually increased the number of officers working on “community focused” tasks by 61.2 per cent.

Chief Inspector Jim Royan said the community officers for each council ward would be backed by Youth Community Police Officers aligned to all secondary schools and another “dedicated team of officers”.

He added: “These plans have been developed through community consultation, involving questionnaires, community meetings, walkabouts and in direct discussion with locally elected councillors.”

The Federation of Community Councils is set to discuss the issue with Chief Inspector Royan this week.

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