Police initiative impacts on Dalkeith

Police have carried out a joint initiative which has resulted in a dramatic fall in youth-related antisocial behaviour in Dalkeith.

Along with staff from Midlothian Council and Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service, community police officers developed a new arrangement in December 2012 where all agencies meet on a weekly basis to discuss ongoing antisocial behaviour issues.

The group agrees a partnership approach to identify those responsible and divert them away from further offending.

As a result, a number of young people were targeted for their involvement in various antisocial behaviour issues in Dalkeith.

A variety of measures including home visits, talks with parents and an explanation of the consequences of these offences were carried out.

This resulted in the number of youth calls in Dalkeith falling from 72 in November, to 17 the following month.

In total, a 61 per cent reduction in antisocial behaviour and youth offences was recorded in the last month of 2012.

Read full story in the February 7 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.