Final Meeting of Tayside Police After Thirty Eight Years Service

 29 March 2013

On Monday morning, I attended the last meeting of Tayside Police Board. 

Members of the Board considered a number of reports which detailed the transition from eight regional Police Forces to the new Single Police Force for
Scotland that will come into effect on Monday 1st April 2013.

While it was clear that the changeover has taken a great deal of planning, other reports dealt with day to day policing which had been effectively continuing in parallel with the preparation for the changeover next week.

For example, the report,

"The force achieved 3 out of 4 of crime reduction targets by January:

  • A reduction in violent crime of 22.6% (101 crimes)
  • Despite an increase in robbery of 2.0% (2 crimes)
  • A reduction in vandalism of 9.8% (342 crimes)

Domestic housebreaking failed to achieve target

Domestic Housebreaking - saw a 15.2% increase from 541 to 623 crimes at the end of January. The end of year target is 700 ..... ."

During their 38 years of operation as a regional police force, I think Tayside Police have effectively protected the combined communities of Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross.

At the end of the morning senior officers and staff and elected members braved the cold wind for a procession down the High Street and ceremony in Tay Street for not only Tayside Police but also Tayside Fire and Rescue, which is also to become a single national service at the same time.