POLICE in the region have reported crime figures down 13 percent and a 57 percent detection rate.
In a report released this week, Chief Constable Patrick Shearer said this meant 736 fewer crimes on the three-year average, so 736 fewer victims of crime.
He said: “Every year since taking office I have witnessed at first hand the incredible amount of professionalism, hard work and determination committed by police officers, special constables and staff alike to providing a meaningful and quality service for the people of Dumfries and Galloway.
A satisfaction rate of 93 percent for initial first contact with the police is also reported. Mr Shearer added: “A key element in relation to this success has not only been the very positive support and encouragement which we have received, particularly from the Police, Fire and Rescue Committee and the wider Dumfries and Galloway Council, but also from the communities we serve. These relationships have never been stronger.”