A year before Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary becomes integrated into a single Scottish Police Force, its Chief Constable praised the force for performing to an outstanding level.
StaticsticS show that recorded crime (including crimes of violence, indecency, dishonesty and vandalism) is down 14.1 percent on the previous year and detection in the same category is up 2.7 per cent. Road casualties are down 9.5 per cent on the previous year and public’s ‘general satisfaction’ with the police ranks at 80.3 per cent, up 1.6 per cent on the previous year.
Chief Constable Patrick Shearer said: “It gives me great satisfaction to be leading a police force where all individuals work with energy and enthusiasm as a team, committed in the first instance to preventing crime and where crime does occur ensuring they then pursue those who are responsible in a relentless manner. Our efforts have clearly been successful in that our crime figures continue to fall substantially, our detection rates continue to improve and most importantly our public satisfaction rates have increased.
“The success of driving down crime and maintaining good results, year after year, comes through sound, integrated, partnership working across all areas of the region, listening to and responding to the issues which have been identified by our communities as most concerning to them. Strong links and work in our communities has been a key feature of our partnerships.
“We have been very well supported by our Police and Fire Committee who under the leadership of Councillor Ian Blake, recognise the many challenges we face and work hard to ensure we are properly resourced and governed.
“As we enter our 65th year of existence of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary ( D and G was founded in 1948) our challenge is to maintain and where possible improve on the level of performance we currently enjoy against the background of a very significant reform agenda which will see all Forces in Scotland moving to become a single Force by April 2013. One of the main aims of police reform is to improve policing performance – I make no apologies for stating that our aim in the coming year as we transition into a new force is to continue to deliver an improving and quality service and set that standard at as high a level as possible.”
The statistics also showed that the likelihood of being a victim of a crime in Dumfries and Galloway is 226 in every 10,000 people compared to the Scottish average of 363 in every 10,000 people.
When a crime does occur in Dumfries and Galloway 57.8 per cent are detected compared to the Scottish average of 35.3 per cent.