Edinburgh Evening News

Our focus is on road safety at school this Easter

- Neil Wilson, Local Area Commander, North West Edinburgh

As Local Area Commander for the North West of Edinburgh, I have focused on enhancing road safety, particular­ly as we approach the Easter holidays when many more of us, including young people, may be using the road network.

Over the last three weeks, Community Policing Team officers have been supporting primary schools in the region, with an enhanced presence at school drop-off and pick-up times to encourage safe parking and considerat­e driving.

Our aim is to work with all schools in the North West over the coming weeks to raise awareness of road safety matters with school staff, parents, pupils and motorists who regularly drive through school zones. In addition to improving road safety, another priority for my officers is tackling organised crime and we have been conducting numerous intelligen­ce-led searches at properties in the area to disrupt their activities and dismantle drug dealing operations. This proactivit­y has seen various Class A, B and C substances seized before they could do untold harm within our communitie­s, with various individual­s reported to the Procurator Fiscal.

We remain committed to targeting organised criminals in the North West and the public have a vital role to play in this respect by contacting us to report suspected criminal activity in their community. This can be done by calling us on 101 or by making an anonymous report to the charity Crimestopp­ers on 0800 555 111.

Tackling disorder and antisocial behaviour that can undermine communityw­ellbeing remains a one of my key commitment­s and a recent example of such activity involved entrenched youth issues and shopliftin­g from retail centres within the Craigleith, Granton and Pilton areas.

Robust enforcemen­t has been carried out and several youths were identified and charged. We supported this enforcemen­t with engagement with the businesses affected, resulting in the introducti­on of preventive measures such as anti-theft display cabinets and enhanced CCTV and security monitoring.

I’m pleased to report these incidents have drasticall­y reduced and we are working alongside partners to engage those involved in restorativ­e justice programmes, allowing them to reflect on their behaviour and encouragin­g more positive life choices going forward.

We are continuall­y looking to improve and shape our service to meet community needs and your feedback helps. Have your say at www.scotland.police.uk and follow our local X account @PSOSNWEdin­burgh for the latest updates on our work.

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