Have your say on Edinburgh's future policing plan

A series of events designed to allow communities in Edinburgh to have their say on how local policing should be delivered in their area are taking place in the city.

The meetings, which are taking place over the next six weeks, will allow members of the public to shape policing priorities ahead of the single Police Service of Scotland coming into effect on 1st April 2013.

Meetings are taking place at the following places and times:

North Neighbourhood - Monday 26 November 2012, Craigroyston High School, 7pm to 9pm

West Neighbourhood - Wednesday 5 December 2012, Library Hub, Drumbrae 7pm to 9pm

City Centre/Leith Neighbourhood - Monday 10 December, Business Centre, City Chambers, 7pm to 9pm

East Neighbourhood - Wednesday 12 December 2012, Portobello Town Hall, 7pm to 9pm

South Neighbourhood - Tuesday 15 January 2012, Business Centre, City Chambers, 7pm to 9pm

South West Neighbourhood - Thursday 24 January 201, Tynecastle High School, Time TBC

Chief Superintendent Malcolm Graham, Commander of the City of Edinburgh Division, said: "We know that the key to policing communities effectively is to listen to local people and then deliver in partnership with them. These consultations are crucial to how we plan and set objectives. I am very much looking forward to hearing the feedback."

The aim of the consultations is to make the 2013/14 Police Plan more responsive to public opinion and need at a ward level, and there will be a meeting in each of the six different Council neighbourhood areas.

Councillor Michael Bridgman, newly appointed Convenor of the future city Emergency Services Committee, said: "These meetings are a great opportunity for local communities to share their views with the police and council as to what they see as their policing priorities for the future.

"We would like to hear about the issues that really matter when it comes to delivering a first class police service. I would urge people to come along to any of the planned meetings, have your say and make a real difference."

The meetings will be informal and people can drop in at any time during the two-hour sessions. They will be able to get the information they need, give comments on topics and meet senior police and council officers for one to one questions.

Any members of the public who want more information about any of the events can contact emma.baker@edinburgh.gov.uk or call 0131 469 3966.

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