Spring has arrived and no doubt I am not alone in welcoming the warmer weather and longer nights, although the recent downpours have made me doubt my own words!
The local policing team in the Linlithgow area has now completed cycle training and you should see them out and about in the town attending calls and tackling local issues.
Inconsiderate and dangerous parking remains a concern in the town, in particular on the High Street and around local Primary Schools.
The community team has been issuing parking tickets but clearly can only do so much. I would request drivers to consider other road users and pedestrians when parking their vehicles and use parking bays and car parks wherever possible.
If you can walk or cycle to your destination please consider this healthier and greener option.
In addition to addressing poor parking, the community team will continue to promote road safety and PC Neil Gordon will shortly be involved in cycle training at Linlithgow Bridge Primary School.
Lighter nights tend to lead to an increase in calls relating to young people and we have seen an increase in such calls over the last month, coinciding with the Easter Holidays.
Our officers continue to engage with young people whilst out and about and the majority of these youngsters do not cause any issues in the community.
I appreciate that a small minority may engage in underage drinking or anti-social behaviour but the figures show a significant decrease in anti-social behaviour and vandalism in the year to date.
We will continue to conduct high visibility patrols in hot spots and work with partner agencies to promote diversionary activity for those few youngsters who cause concern.
The Riding of the Marches is steadily approaching and I have already met with key individuals to plan towards this year’s event.
I hope to build on the success of last year, which delivered a family friendly day with few incidents of note.
Key to this success is the support of the local business community in particular the licensed premises who worked well with the police last year to minimise irresponsible drinking and anti-social behaviour.
I remain committed to delivering an accessible and visible policing team in Linlithgow and would encourage you to report any concerns or issues you may have.
Linlithgow Police Station is open 9am-5pm (closed for lunch 1-2pm) Monday to Friday. You can also contact the Linlithgow team on 101 or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Inspector Jocelyn O’Connor has been posted on a six-month temporary basis to Dalkeith.
She is being replaced in the short term by Temporary Inspector John Mcewan whom the Journal and Gazette will be introducing in an article next week.