In the first of what will hopefully be regular Local Policing Team contributions to the Mearns Leader, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the local community for the welcome and support I have received so far in my role as Area Inspector.
The current issues affecting the area relate predominantly to road traffic offences and speeding motorists in Stonehaven Town Centre. Road Safety and Preventing Road Crime remains a Police Scotland priority and over the past fortnight we have been actively targeting these issues. Over that period 30 drivers have been educated, 30 Fixed Penalties tickets have been issued and 1 person has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal. The Summer Drink Drive Campaign has also commenced throughout the force area and there are additional patrols being deployed forcewide to tackle this along with any other road traffic offences.
In addition, we will be focussing on the use of off-road motorcycles and vehicles in prohibited forestry areas, which has previously resulted in damage and injury. This operation is being conducted in partnership with the Forestry Commission and it is hoped that these incidents can also be reduced significantly.
We are currently investigating the theft of a caravan from the Laurencekirk area and given the time of year we would urge all caravan owners to be extra vigilant and provide additional security to their caravan if necessary.
Between 11am and 12.45 pm on Saturday 27 June 2015 we are holding a Recruitment Candidate Briefing Session at Mearns Academy, Laurencekirk, where dedicated recruiting staff will be delivering a presentation on the Police Recruitment Process, Entrance Exam/Fitness Test/Medical requirements along with practical advice on how to complete the application forms and how best to succeed if you wish to apply to join Police Scotland as a Constable or Special Constable. These events are a wonderful opportunity to ask any questions about the process if you are considering a career in the Police Service. Simply go online and reserve a place via our website or phone 101 and request that your name is put on the list.
We have some outstanding found property that has been handed in to Stonehaven Police Office over the past few weeks. If you have lost something that appears on the list below please contact us and we can check to see if your property has been handed in. HTC phone in case, iPhone in distinctive case, Blackberry in distinctive case, Several wallets, Piece of electronic fitness equipment, Keys on distinctive keyrings.
Finally, I would like to remind everyone that Police Scotland are committed to keeping people safe and to enable us to do this effectively we need the assistance, information and intelligence provided by the community. If you have any information or queries for us please contact us by calling 101 or via our website.