Police Scotland performance review in Aberdeenshire

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An update on Police Scotland’s performance between April and September last year was presented to members of the Aberdeenshire Communities Committee last week.

Chief Superintendent Graeme Mackie.
Chief Superintendent Graeme Mackie.

The update was provided by Senior Superintendent Graeme McKee, who spoke about key activities during the period, including the support provided following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.

Ch Supt Mackie told the committee that staffing levels have remained relatively consistent, with a large number of observers and junior staff.

The force saw a decrease in complaints during this period, with an overall satisfaction rate of 67 percent of those who used the police services. Detection rates have also remained relatively stable.

Assault numbers were below average, as were the number of home break-ins, and there was a decline in car crime.

With eight road fatalities occurring during this period, the force was looking into the impact on driver behaviour, including an event for young drivers.

There is also a focus on the growing number of older drivers.

Council members expressed concern about the high rate of sexual crimes, with reference to work to address violence against women and girls.

A workshop is being organized for councilors to explore this issue, including the Grampian rape crisis.

It was agreed that a report should be submitted to a future meeting of the committee on the subject of mental health and well-being issued by the police when dealing with the public. Police Scotland will also arrange for members of the committee to visit their call center in Dundee.

Further Police Scotland updates will be presented to the Committee on a quarterly basis.

It was also noted that a response to the consultation on Police Scotland’s local policing plans for 2023-2026 had been provided.

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