April meeting – Inspector McMillan presentation about Locality Policing

Our meeting this month will be tomorrow, Thursday 21st of April at 7.15pm at Kilwinning Academy as usual. Inspector McMillan (Police Scotland) will give us a presentation of the changes to policing to align their services with Locality Planning.

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From the Ayrshire Police Division Facebook page


A locally influenced policing model with a strong focus on prevention and reducing inequalities is the main aim of a new policing approach being launched in North Ayrshire today (Monday 18th April 2016).

Following extensive community consultation by the North AyrshireCommunity Planning Partnership, the planning and delivery of services in North Ayrshire is being transformed by the introduction of the Locality Approach.

As part of the new Locality Approach, newly formed Locality Policing teams will work closely with communities and partners to identify and address local issues, by working with local people, community groups and organisations, in newly formed Locality Partnerships in Arran, the Garnock Valley, Irvine, Kilwinning, the North Coast and Cumbraes and the Three Towns areas.

Chief Superintendent Gillian MacDonald, Divisional Commander forAyrshire Division, commented “I welcome the locality approach being adopted by the Community Planning Partnership in North Ayrshire and believe that it will support meaningful engagement with communities, closer partnership working and the delivery of better outcomes for local people.

“I am committed to ensuring Police Scotland plays its part and we have developed a new community policing model to support this new approach. We have re-configured our Community Policing resources to create a Locality Policing Team for each of the six localities.

“The size of the team will be proportionate to the Locality and each will be overseen by a Community Policing Inspector and a dedicated Sergeant. The majority of the Constables on the teams will work a new shift pattern, which will facilitate strong partnership working in each Locality and the extension of our successful Prevention First model across North Ayrshire. The remaining Constables will provide a visible presence in our town centres and maintain strong relationships with schools and town centre communities.

“The Locality approach will offer opportunities to provide services that are locally influenced with a strong focus on prevention and reducing inequalities. The new approach provides a real opportunity to help achieve better outcomes for communities in North Ayrshire and I look forward to seeing the approach and progress.

The Locality Policing Teams will complement the traditional Response and Community Police Responder teams, but in the coming months will be working closely with the new Locality Partnerships and will be providing increased foot and cycle patrols in local communities. Residents are encouraged to speak with officers, discuss any local concerns or alternatively call 101. Feedback can also be provided via the new ‘Your View Counts’ online survey accessible via the Police Scotland Website.

For more information on policing activity in your community search ‘Ayrshire Police Division‘ on Facebook or follow @AyrshireNPolice on Twitter.

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