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Joan McAlpine MSP has praised the work of community Police Officers in Dumfries town centre after she spent a day on patrol with officers as part of the National Police Chief’s Council’s ‘Give a day to policing’ scheme.
On Tuesday 20th August Joan McAlpine MSP joined community police officers on patrol on Dumfries High St., learning about some of the key issues which affect life and business in the town centre and getting a first-hand look at how community policing is working to make Dumfries a safer place.
The day was also an opportunity to learn more about the Police Scotland Youth Volunteer Scheme, an exciting project for young people aged between 13-18 to volunteer under the lead of a Police Constable to learn more about how policing in Scotland works, and to contribute positively to the community.
Speaking about the event, Joan McAlpine MSP said:
“I was delighted to join community Police Officers Alistair and Scott on patrol in Dumfries High St. It’s fantastic to see that community policing is alive and well in Dumfries and Galloway, and I’m so pleased that these wonderful officers work so hard to keep our streets safe.
“I understand that shoplifting is still a key issue affecting local retailers, but I’m encouraged to hear that thanks to good CCTV coverage in the town, shoplifters tend to be caught quickly. I am also pleased to hear that alcohol related crimes have dropped because of the Scottish Government’s minimum unit pricing on alcohol.
“It was also great to learn more about the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers project. I’m pleased to see local youngsters taking an interest in learning about how policing in Scotland works, and I want to wish all these wonderful young people all the best for their upcoming passing out ceremony at Dumfries and Galloway College.”