Community Safety service providers in East Dunbartonshire are continuing their Days of Action and meetings with local residents in Auchinairn, Hillhead and Lennoxtown.
And following feedback from the initial drop-in sessions the remaining surgeries will be held in the evenings rather than during the day.
Officers from the Community Protection Team which includes Community Safety, Environmental Health and Trading Standards, as well as Housing, Police Scotland and Scottish Fire & Rescue, will be holding the drop-in surgeries to enable residents to discuss any issues they may have or to seek advice on a range of matters.
The officers will also be delivering a range of targeted joint patrols and carrying out enforcement work on the days of action, in order to tackle key community safety issues and maximise protection for local residents across these ‘Place’ communities.
The evening drop-in sessions will be held in the following venues:
- Huntershill Sports Ground, Auchinairn – Wednesday 31 January from 5pm - 9pm
- Hillhead Community Centre - Wednesday 28 February from 5pm - 9pm
- Lennoxtown Hub – Wednesday 28 March from 5pm - 9pm.
Thomas Glen, Depute Chief Executive, Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets is hopeful the evening sessions will encourage more members of the community to come along to the events.
He said, “Following our Days of Action at the end of last year, we have taken on board the comments from members of the community and organised our remaining drop-in sessions to take place in the evenings. This will allow people with day-time commitments to come along and get some advice or discuss concerns with their Community Safety service providers at a more convenient time. Throughout our previous sessions residents have come along to talk about a range of local issues including crime prevention, fire safety and antisocial behaviour - it was a great opportunity to access all these services in the same venue. ”
He continued, “Not only will residents have the opportunity to attend evening drop-in surgeries, but throughout the Days of Action we will continue our joint patrols and enforcement work with our Community Safety partners.”
Police Scotland Area Commander for East Dunbartonshire, Chief Inspector, Gerry Corrigan, said, “Police at East Dunbartonshire are pleased to continue working closely with our partners at the Council and Scottish Fire and Rescue. By actively engaging with the community we can hear their concerns and priorities first hand, and hopefully deliver better services and outcomes to the communities within East Dunbartonshire.”
Scottish Fire & Rescue Area Manager, Jim McNeil, said, “These surgeries are an ideal opportunity to engage with the local communities of Auchinairn, Hillhead and Lennoxtown. It will enable the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to deliver our community safety prevention messages directly to the local population and offer free Home Fire Safety Visit’s with the free supply and installation of smoke detectors if they are required.”