Police clamp down on offenders

Police in Dumfries and Galloway recently held a Campaign Against Violence day to clamp down on anti social behaviour, violence and domestic abuse.

Throughout the day of 3 May, officers concentrated on preventing and detecting acts of violence, street disorder and anti-social behaviour as well as monitoring the level of sobriety of people - and those underage - in and around licensed premises.

Issues dealt with included a search for drugs, where over £2000 worth of cocaine was seized in a house in Dumfries; an incident involving a knife in Newton Stewart and the issuing of a variety of fixed penalty notices for offences relating to street drinking and traffic offences. officers visited 45 licensed premises and five bookmakes premises.

Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Kate Thomson said: “At the heart of Police Scotland is ‘Keeping People Safe’ and in particular reducing alcohol-related violence and disorder. To support this focus, officers who usually perform office roles will join front-line colleagues and be tasked to patrol hot spot areas to tackle incidences of violence, disorder and anti-social behaviour. In addition, there will be a drive to execute warrants and disrupt criminals that we know are violent offenders.

“There is no doubt that with the right briefing and analytical support we can make a huge difference to tackle violence and I expect all staff to contribute to that effort.”