Cop chief welcomes crime figures

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CRIME rates in Galloway have fallen by 13 percent in the last three years according to official police figures released this week.

Chief Constable Patrick Shearer has highlighted “good performance and high levels of real quality service being achieved by Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary”.

There were 736 fewer crimes reported last year and the force detection rate, which indicates the number of crimes cleared up, sits at a very healthy 57.1 percent - also up on three years ago.

Mr Shearer, who is now in his fourth year as Chief Constable in Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary said: “Over the years I have led the force I have been thoroughly impressed, year on year, in relation to the efforts that officers and police staff alike, put into providing a quality service for our communities.

“The end of year crime figures are a direct measure of this hard work and show clearly that Dumfries and Galloway is one of the safest places in the country to live. These figures come at a time when all forces across Scotland are under review in relation to the future structure of policing in Scotland.”

Road casualties are also down - the number people killed on Dumfries and Galloway’s roads last year was down to five from 10 in 2009/2010, and those injured on our roads are also down to 461 from 517. This means 56 less people killed or injured on our roads.

Drugs offences are up from 295 to 303 but the ‘satisfaction rate’ for initial first contact with the police has once again risen to 93.5 percent.

Special Constable numbers in the force now stand at 130 officers and over the past 12 months they have contributed over 20,000 hours work in helping to police the streets of Dumfries and Galloway.

Mr Shearer added: “We have never worked harder, with our communities and with our partners, to deliver on our promise that ‘we will provide a safe and secure environment for our communities’. We are fulfilling our promise and will continue to do to so within the confines of the challenging financial environment we all find ourselves in.”