Police reveal faces of beat officers

September 9, 2010 by  

The Lothian’s Police force will be enlisting businesses who offer poster printing in Leith or other areas across Edinburgh and the Lothians to produce promotional material featuring their beat officers. This latest use of printing companies is part of a scheme to demonstrate the force’s commitment to the community. Officers will have their photographs displayed on posters around town halls, libraries and community centres across the Lothians to try to aid residents in the area to identify with the police officers working in their area and make them more approachable to the public. This is part of the police force’s “community commitment” which will also involve surgeries around the area for residents to come and air their views and discuss face to face with community officers.

Having a higher profile in the area was felt to be important by the police force to show their commitment to policing the area despite fears in the current climate of budget cuts. The Chief Constable, David Strang, acknowledged that the force did face redundancies and cuts over the next few years but said that, with this scheme, they hoped to work more closely with residents to identify what their priorities and concerns were in terms of policing in their area. The force has also put together an agenda that makes the community ’11 promises’, one of which includes the response times to emergency calls with pledges to answer those within 10 minutes in the capital and 20 minutes in other areas across the Lothians.