How the police service meets the needs of the public in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde is set for significant change.
From Tuesday the 4th April 2017, every community in the Renfrewshire and Inverclyde area will have a dedicated police officer responsible for dealing with issues that are a priority for local residents.
This will return officers to traditional beat duties by aligning them and their working day to localities, providing continuity and a familiar face that people can relate to in the mould of the traditional 'village bobby.'
These officers will be responsible for meeting the needs of their communities by providing effective and long term solutions to local issues by working closely with residents and in partnership with other agencies such as community wardens or adult services.
Officers will be dedicated to a locality patrolling on foot or cycle in a new policing model. The community will get to see the same officer on the beat taking the best from traditional policing and developing stronger ties with the community whilst utilising the full assets of Police Scotland.
Community Officers shift patterns will be aligned to the needs of their area making them more accessible and available to deal with local concerns. Response police officers in police vehicles will continue to meet the public’s needs in relation to high priority calls for assistance.
These operational changes are a direct response to feedback received from members of the public in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde through local engagement and from the Police Scotland "Your View Counts" survey. In addition, feedback from officers working across the area has supported this approach.
Chief Superintendent Jim Downie, Local Policing Commander for Renfrewshire and Inverclyde said:
“Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Division is committed to providing a Police Service that meets the needs of the local communities it serves.
“Dedicated community policing officers will play a vital part and undertake a role akin to the 'village bobby' of old. This is not just a nostalgic idea of policing from a bygone era, they are central to a prevention based model which has community intelligence, local knowledge, community engagement and partnership working as the key to success.
"This coupled with the national assets at the disposal of Police Scotland which these local officers will tap into will enhance the service provided to the public in Renfrewshire and Inverclyde"
"Most significantly, these changes are based on what communities have told us they want, an identifiable officer who can act as a single point of contact, who is visible, available and accessible in the community and who is capable of solving community problems."
"The priority for the officers will be to get to know their communities by going into schools, shops, licensed premises and community groups and introducing themselves and ensuring the public know how to get in touch with them should they require to."
“The new policing model will see police officers aligned to dedicated local communities and work a shift pattern which will increase their visibility to the public. These new teams will be overseen by a community policing inspector and a dedicated sergeant who will support the officers to deal with persistent offenders, repeat victims, vulnerable locations and support partnership working.
“I’d like to encourage members of the public to speak to their local community officers and discuss any local concerns.
Feedback can also be provided via the Your View Counts online survey. For more information on policing activity in your community search ‘Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Police Division’ on Facebook.