Newtongrange Community Council has offered to work together with local police on a pilot project to strengthen community links.
This proposal came at the local group’s latest meeting last week which Chief Inspector Kenny Simpson and Inspector Michelle Ritchie attended.
At the meeting, community council member Kenny Hunter said: “I would like us as a community council to be more pro-active, providing better lines of communications between the police and local people.
“What can we do to support you in your role? What is the most effective method? How can we as a community mechanism build that to make Newtongrange the role model for community policing?”
Mr Simpson responded: “We are going forward with the new community policing team in March, and if Newtongrange wants to be a pilot then great. It’s establishing a link.
“I’m more than happy if there is a commitment from Newtongrange to explore what the best form of this is to go forward. The community are our eyes and ears, we need to take what you say on board. If you want to move forward I will accept your invitation and look at different ways to use Newtongrange as a pilot.
“I would much rather have that than vigilante groups. If we can get this pilot right there will be absolutely no need for such groups.”
The community council agreed to collate local policing priorities before starting the pilot.
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