New top cop to head up polic­ing plans

West Lothian Courier - - News -

West Loth­ian’s plans for polic­ing and part­ner­ship work­ing are be­ing launched with a new lo­cal area com­man­der to take them for­ward.

The West Loth­ian Po­lice Plan 20172020 pri­ori­tises two key themes which po­lice will work to­gether on with West Loth­ian Coun­cil, other key agen­cies and com­mu­ni­ties to en­sure the area re­mains a safe place to live.

Lead­ing work on th­ese themes is Chief In­spec­tor Liz Ma­cleod, who has joined the Senior Com­mand Team for the Loth­i­ans and Scot­tish Bor­ders with re­spon­si­bil­ity for lo­cal polic­ing in West Loth­ian.

CI Ma­cleod said: “I’m de­lighted to be re­turn­ing to West Loth­ian af­ter five years and am grate­ful for the hard work that has gone in to pro­duc­ing the plan which I’m very pleased to be able to in­tro­duce.

“The Po­lice Plan de­lib­er­ately takes a broad view re­flect­ing the chang­ing face of polic­ing and the part that we can all play in im­prov­ing out­comes in our area.

“It has been de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with those who will come to­gether to de­liver it, with in­put from the com­mu­nity via the ‘Your View Counts’ sur­vey and con­sul­ta­tion with our key part­ner agen­cies.

“We have dis­tilled the var­i­ous ar­eas that we have all iden­ti­fied as ones we want to im­prove down to two themes - pro­tect­ing and sup­port­ing those most at risk, and en­sur­ing our com­mu­ni­ties are re­silient, co­he­sive and safe. Th­ese themes present many op­por­tu­ni­ties for po­lice, part­ners and lo­cal peo­ple to re­duce harm and try to pre­vent crimes and other prob­lems from oc­cur­ring, rather than a more re­ac­tive re­sponse.

“This is in line with the Polic­ing 2026 pro­gramme that has been de­vel­oped to help us de­liver a Scot­tish polic­ing ser­vice fit for the chal­lenges we face now and in the fu­ture, as well as other more lo­cal plans.

“Th­ese two themes will be present in ev­ery­thing we do, but I want to re­as­sure the com­mu­nity that any emerg­ing con­cerns will also be in­cor­po­rated into this work - you can com­plete our on­line sur­vey at any time and we will lis­ten and re­spond. You can view our Po­lice Plan on our web­site, and my­self and my Com­mu­nity In­spec­tors will pro­vide reg­u­lar up­dates on how we are achiev­ing the pri­or­i­ties through so­cial and lo­cal me­dia.

“With the con­tin­ued hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of all staff, I am con­fi­dent that we will con­tinue to de­liver a ser­vice that our com­mu­ni­ties can be proud of.”

Visit www. scot­land. po­lice. uk/ your-com­mu­nity/the-loth­i­ans-and­scot­tish-bor­ders/west-loth­ian to view the West Loth­ian Po­lice Plan 20172020 and www. scot­land. po­lice. uk/ yourview­counts to have your say on polic­ing in your area.

New role Chief In­spec­tor Liz Ma­cleod has re­spon­si­bil­ity for polic­ing in West Loth­ian

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