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  • lbpolice 3:46 pm on October 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Battle Badges II, BOB2, , Fire and Rescue, LBFire, ,   

    Boxing – Battle of the Badges II @LBP_Police versus @LBFire for probably the last time 

    LBP in action against the mighty NYPDAfter the huge success of the Battle of the Badges in April when LBP defeated New York Police Department, it was decided to invite Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service to a similar event. They readily accepted and, due to the increased interest in this sport and indeed the event itself, it was necessary to carry out a ‘box-off’ on 21st September to discover who was to face the might of the Fire and Rescue Service. The ‘box-off’ was very well attended and our thanks go to those that supported that event.

    LBP vs Lothian Borders Fire and Rescue

    On Saturday 24th November 2012 the best fighters from Lothian and Borders Police and Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service will step into the ring for a black tie charity gala night of boxing at the Corn Exchange (New Market Road) Edinburgh, with doors opening from 6pm.

    Building on the massive success of the box-off, which saw eighteen of our best fighters compete for their place on this main event, in front of over 380 supporters and raising over £6000 for charity. The Battle of the Badges on the 24th November is all set to be a titanic battle of Red and Blue. Who will lift the shield and be named to champions of 2012?

     
  • lbpolice 2:43 pm on October 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , commando999, , , royal marines, speedmarch   

    LBP’s DC Mark Downie in #Commando999 World Speedmarch Record attempt for charity 

    DC Mark Downie during his time in the Royal MarinesCommando 999 is a group of former Royal Marines Commando’s who currently serve (or have served) with any of the UK emergency services. Their mission is to raise funds for the Royal Marines Association (RMA) and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund (RMCTF).

    The aim of the group is to raise £1 million for the RMA / RMCTF by the 350th anniversary of the Royal Marines in 2014. The funds raised will allow the RMA to look after any members of the Royal Marines family that needs help, invariably those seriously injured in conflict.  The website at http://www.commando999.com/ gives more information on the fund raising activities of the group.

    On 10th November 2012, DC Mark Downie, Lothian and Borders Police and formally of 45 Commando Royal Marines will, along with other members of Commando 999, be attempting to break the WORLD SPEEDMARCH RECORD for a marathon in London whilst also endeavouring to raise much needed funds.In support of this cause and the efforts of Mark and the other emergency services former Commandos, any contribution by way of sponsorship would be gratefully received. This can simply be done online at http://www.justgiving.com/Mark-Downie1 

     

     
  • lbpolice 11:22 am on September 21, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , Malcolm Graham, ,   

    Edinburgh City Commander Malcolm Graham’s webchat with @EdinReporter 

    City Commander Malcolm GrahamAn unwelcome return of summer weather today! Heading to live blog with @EdinReporter now, please submit questions or areas to cover.

    MG: 

    My rank is Chief Superintendent, and I’m responsible for all policing across the City of Edinburgh. That includes leading about 1200 police officers, and 250 police staff involved in responding to emergency calls, safer neighbourhood teams across the City, the City Centre Police Unit and various specialist departments ranging from CID to Child protection.

    EdinReporter: 

    Your job sounds huge. Surely thats too much for one person? But only in the city centre yes?

    MG: Edinburgh’s a big City, and there are numerous different communities identified geographically or through another identity. The best way of effective policing is to set local priorities with communities and ensure that the police can respond to local needs and I don’t just cover the City Centre. I’m responsible for policing across the whole of the City, and work closely with the local authority and other partners in the public sector, businesses and the voluntary sector to make Edinburgh a safer and better place to live and work.

    EdinReporter:

    Yes I have seen how the police can work together with the local neighbourhood people at the council. It seems all very joined up.

    You were previously head of the CID so is this very different now?
     
      MG:

    I was Head of CID for over 4 years, and this included much pro-active policing to tackle organised crime and prevent offences against children and vulnerable people. Of course some investigative work comes once crimes have been committed, but the emphasis of policing in Edinburgh is on preventing crime, and improving community wellbeing. 

     EdinReporter: 

    So first of all can you answer Robert Pearson’s question about policing in Murhouse? He seems to think there are no police officers there and what do you know about the motorbikes.

    @EdinReporter: Can I ask @EdPoliceChief why we never see officers patrolling Muirhouse? This would assist with motorbike problem #askLBP

    MG: There are police officers in Muirhouse, and being visible and accessible to local people is really important both for preventing crime and understanding needs. Of course we can’t be everywhere at once, but officers regularly patrol where most crimes occur, on foot, sometimes on bikes and in cars. The motorbike problem is well recognised, and we’re trying to engage with mainly youngsters to turn their interest in motorbikes into a positive. I think Robert is aware of some of our efforts through ‘Total Craigroyston’ which aims to work with communities to improve exactly this type of problem.

    EdinReporter: 

    So that is something a bit like Operation Cipher up in the Calders which worked with young people, those suspected of drugs offences and also anti social behaviour.

    MG: It goes back to local solutions for local issues. Operation Cipher brings together a range of services with communities, to understand and act on shared solutions. Motorbikes are a problem in several areas of the City, but not a problem at all in many. We use Roads Policing Officers on special bikes to access certain areas, and support programmes like RUTS, teaching young people new skills relevant to their interests.

    EdinReporter: 

    Sorry you police officers and your acronyms. What is RUTS

    MG: 

    Rural and Urban Training Scheme – it’s a charity who train young people in mechanic skills, whilst assisting them with finding work experience and access to employment. Nothing beats crime like a payslip! And going back to visibility, I like to cycle to meetings in the City. It allows me to speak with people and hear their views. People like to see all police out and speaking with people, it’s the key to successful community policing. I don’t have a shiny car, in fact not surprisingly our fleet has reduced recently to save costs, and i’d like to see more cops out on bikes, covering bigger areas whilst still able to speak with people!

    EdinReporter: 

    And do you have police officers trained to teach schoolchildren about safe cycling?

    MG: 

    Safe cycling is trained by the police, but also by a number of other volunteers and groups. I’ve been at some of the training, and it’s really good, the kids learn basic road sense and have some fun too.

    EdinReporter: 

    Sara Dorman has asked how many fines you have issued for drivers who have crossed ASLs.

    MG: 

    Just like the cycle safe training for children, there needs to be a balance of education and enforcement to change attitudes towards road safety issues. I don’t have figures to hand, but we do issue tickets for this, although I think education and awareness is most effective at preventing road casualties. I really liked it when we assisted one primary school in getting children to challenge driver behaviour directly – that worked!

    EdinReporter: 

    And now a question about the perennial dog fouling problem… Sarah McDaid has a question for you. Although I am sure there are not 8000 dog owners in Leith.

    MG: 

    I’m not sure that I’ve seen 8000 dogs in Leith, but we do jointly enforce legislation around dog fouling with the Council. This is more of an issue in some areas than others, and people in Leith tell us there are many other priorities they’d like to see the police tackle, around drug use, anti-social behaviour and violence too.

    EdinReporter: 

    Now another question. Jim Slavin wants to know the religious and ethnic make up of the police force.

    MG: 

    We’ve made progress in encouraging a broad range of people to join the police, as we must reflect the communities we serve. The number of ethnic minority officers has increased steadily, although i don’t have information on religion. Interestingly, as communities change we have responded. We’ve recruited a number of Polish residents in Edinburgh recognising the large Polish community in Edinburgh, and this has been met very positively.

    EdinReporter: 

    One of the things you said you wanted to talk about is new ways of listening to the views of the public. Now you are a fairly new Twitter user. What else is there that you could do to improve communication?

    MG: 

    The police haven’t always felt it was their job to listen to people’s concerns, and understand how solutions can be built with communities. It’s at the top of my list now, to make sure people know that the police are only successful if they share the confidence of the people they serve. We’re catching up with new technologies and using different channels to communicate and listen to different people. That includes just going out into an area and asking people what they think we should be doing.

    EdinReporter: 

    So you would be happy for people to tweet some questions to you from time to time?

    MG: 

    People already do! I can’t always answer everybody on a current issue, but always try to let people know what I think, what the police in Edinburgh are doing, and am grateful that people take the time to get in touch about important issues.

    EdinReporter: 

    Ok so now for a moment back to cycling.

     @gillsart: @EdinReporter I cycle every day and would like the police to charge cyclists who cycle on the pavement?

    MG: 

    It can be really dangerous to cycle on the pavement, I agree. We do enforce the law on this in some areas, but thankfully there are now so many cyclists in Edinburgh that I strongly believe raising awareness and changing people’s understanding of road safety will improve things more (alongside some tickets being issued.)

    Jon Chase@chase_jon 

    That is what the council got the video transit vans to catch. They cost £100,000 each – the max fine is £60/poo.

    EdinReporter: 

    Can you answer Jon’s question about the CCTV vans?

    MG: 

    The CCTV vans are used by Services for Communities from the Council for a variety of purposes, and the police often get access to them for events and during operations. I’m not sure that they were just purchased to enforce dog fouling.

    EdinReporter: 

    EdinReporter: 

    Did you find that an easy policing exercise last Sunday? (Olympic Parade)

    MG: 

    Edinburgh is a fantastic City to police, as the Capital of Scotland we get loads of events, from Royal week to the tattoo, from marches and rallies to major concerts and sporting events. It takes a combined effort with partners to ensure public safety at things such as the Olympian Parade on Sunday, and many stewards are always involved in such events. It was a great day with big crowds on Sunday for Chris Hoy and others, and I lead the policing operation, but we only involved just over 30 police officers on the route, and for a relatively short time.

    @EdinReporter Driving onto and parking with two wheels on the pavement: an offence or just offensive? #askLbp

    MG: 

    The offence for parking and pavements relates to causing an obstruction, and of course being considerate to everybody else use of pavements and roads would be great. Parking wardens have a role in this, and it’s really offensive, as well as dangerous if such parking blocks, for instance, disabled access or emergency vehicle access. And of course there is a bill about parking in Holyrood now.

    EdinReporter

    Now for some grittier questions. Rob Munn former Deputy Lord Provost has rightly raised the question of armed police in view of what has happened in Manchester this week.

    MG: 

    Events in Manchester have been shocking, for everybody and particularly families and colleagues. The death of a colleague does provide a stark reminder across the policing family of the risks that officers take every day to keep others safe. Preventing gun crime is always a priority in Edinburgh, and it’s one of the safest Cities in the UK, and internationally as a result. I believe that we have an excellent support from specialist firearms officers, who are on 24/7 to respond, but more routine arming of the police is not the answer, even in the wake of such tragic events. We must relentlessly invest time and effort in local policing, with communities, who thankfully in Edinburgh will not tolerate the very small number of criminals intent on getting guns. There is some evidence from across the world that arming police can increase the criminal use of firearms, and that would be a step in the wrong direction. Officer safety is really important, and we constantly monitor these issues.

    EdinReporter: 

    Rob Munn also asked about proactive or reactive policing but I think you may have answered that by talking about the various operations that Lothian and Borders Police are party to.  How will all this be affected by the introduction of the new national police force… For starters how will it affect you personally?

    MG: 

    The move in April next year to the Police Service of Scotland is a massive change for the police, but thankfully the purpose of the new service is now enshrined in legislation as being about preventing crime, making communities safer and improving community wellbeing. That’s what we’re all about in Edinburgh, and whilst we need to respond to crimes and criminals to protect people, we know that investing efforts in preventing crime and criminals from developing at the earliest age is the best way of really improving the lives of people across the City.

    For me personally, I aim to make local policing in Edinburgh better than it currently is whilst making best use of a national service and all the specialist resource. Local response officers and safer neighbourhood teams will continue to work locally to neighbourhood priorities.

    EdinReporter: 

    And is it true that the HQ for the national police force will not be in Edinburgh?

    MG: 

    THe Scottish Government have decided that interim HQ will be at the Scottish Police College in Fife, and it will be for the new Scottish Police Authority and Chief Constable to make longer-term arrangements. No matter where the HQ is, it’s local policing that makes the difference!

    @closey03: @LBP_Police, When does recruitment open for new police constables?

    MG @closey03 we’re recruiting Special Constable’s now, on the @LBP_Police website.

    MG: 

    There will be a need to recruit officers to maintain the number we currently have through this year, and we’re actively recruiting Special Constables, who play an increasingly important role in working alongside regular cops, in their communities. I’m also exploring ways of using volunteers to do things that we can’t currently do, that people tell us are really important, such as making sure we’re meeting people’s needs if they report a crime or incident.

    EdinReporter: 

    Now we are drawing to a close and just wonder if there is anything that our readers can do to help the police in Edinburgh?

    MG: 

    I really welcome people getting involved in telling me and other officers what they think about the police, the service we provide and how we can improve. Different views are always really useful, and it’s clear that people really care! We always need people to come forward and tell us what is happening, to report crime, and to support local policing.

    EdinReporter: 

    So thank you to you Malcolm for your time this evening. We have enjoyed meeting you!

    You have to get back on your bike now – hope you’ve got lights

    MG: 

    I hope the rain’s gone off. We’re not ‘fair weather’ cyclists, but Edinburgh always looks at her best in the sun! I’ve got lights, a lock, a bell and my radio.

     
  • lbpolice 9:52 am on September 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Steve Cully Memorial Rugby Match – Sunday 16th September Photo report 

    Everyone involved with the Steve Cully Memorial Rugby match would like to thank all the players, sponsors and spectators who turned up in large numbers, despite the pouring rain and other attractions, to cheer on the lads on the pitch.

    LBP and Scottish Legend players before kick off

    A large crowd was treated to a rendition of Flower of Scotland by Ronnie Browne from the Corries, accompanied by Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band.  Prior to kick off by the full size players, Steve’s kids Josh and Hannah kicked the first kicks of the day.

    Hannah and Josh get the game going

    Gregor Townsend kick off

    Gregor Townsend got the game going and showed his customary skill throughout, despite a barrage of banter from in house hecklers, sorry commentators, Peter Wright and Richie Gray, who made a fair attempt at refereeing the game for Sean Scott with words of advice throughout.

    Stuart Reid who was a Scotland International, lined up for his other team, LBP, and was seen leaping upwards at the first lineout to take clean ball. Despite seeing most of the ball , LBP failed to really get out their own half and after a bit of pressure by the Steve Cully select they went over for the first try. In recognition of the advancing years of some of the players the game was played in four 20 minutes quarters and at the end of the first it was 7-0 to the legends.

    The Steve Cully select continued where they finished the 1st quarter running in an early unconverted try to make it 12-0 followed by a breakaway try by Gavin Brown to make it 19-0. LBP got their first points on the board with a try from close in which was unconverted, making it 19-5 at halftime.

    Scott Hastings showing the power and drive which was his hallmark, burst one tackle and off loaded a pass to his right, sadly for him he was in the crowd by the time the pass was made. Gregor Townsend then added another try to make the score 5-24, which is hardly surprising as the eagle eyed Peter Wright had spotted that the legends now had 17 players on the park. Craig Joiner who looked a wee bit too fast for most on the pitch then run in another try to make it 29-5 and bring the 3rd quarter to a close.

    Stuart Reid at lineout

    The final quarter seen a few personnel changes made to the ranks and Doddy Weir all six foot umpteen of him, sneaked on to the pitch for LBP, Gary Armstrong, playing for LBP by this time ,made a fine break, but he was turned over and tiring legs could not prevent a breakway try to make it 34-5.

    Peter and Richie commentating, refereeing and entertaining

    With scant regard for the rules, players made their way onto the pitch to bolster numbers and in a scene not out of place at Rugby school, LBP forwards took the ball in and scored, we think, at the far corner to make the final score 34-10 for the Scotland Legends.

    However the main aim of the day had been to remember our late colleague and friend Stevie Cully and raise money for the charity CHAS, both of which had been accomplished with a good deal of fun and a fair bit of style. Stevie would have approved.

    Scottish Legends and LBP teams at end

     
    • ray walsh 7:23 am on September 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      great to see the salmon (benzo) leap again, hope you all had a great day,
      love ray and claire

  • lbpolice 8:31 am on August 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: CHAS, doddie weir, gary armstrong, gregor townsend, legends, rugby, scotland, scott hastings, sean lineen, steve cully   

    Steve Cully memorial rugby match Sunday September 16th in aid of #CHSS 

    Steve Cully Memoria Rugby matchOfficers from Lothian and Borders Police will line up against a team of Scottish rugby legends in a charity match being held in memory of former firearms officer Steve Cully, who died last year.

    The match will take place at Force Headquarters on Sunday, September 16th, and will see officers take on a team of ex-internationals including Scott Hastings, Doddie Weir, Sean Lineen, Gary Armstrong, and Gregor Townsend. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the charity Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland.

    Steve joined the Force in 1994 and worked in a variety of roles before fulfilling his ambition to become a firearms officer. He passed away in September last year, due to a heart defect.

    Steve was brought up in Belfast and was a keen rugby player who played club rugby at Murrayfield RFC, Edinburgh Wanderers RFC, Murrayfield Wanderers, Stewarts Melville FP, Edinburgh Academicals and represented Ireland U 21′s, Irish Exiles and the British Police.

    He called time on his rugby career in 2005, but took up long-distance running, and in 2009 he was part of a team of Lothian and Borders officers who took part in the gruelling ‘Marathon des Sables’, a series of marathons taking place over a week in the Sahara Desert, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

    His love for rugby and charitable nature inspired his colleagues to organise next month’s match, which will be attended by his wife Rosie (39) and two children Josh (4) and Hannah (7).

    Sergeant Roddy Bainton is among the former friends and colleagues who have helped organise the event.

    He said: “Not only will spectators be given the unique opportunity to see legends from the game in action once again, but there will be a whole range of family-friendly events, including a balloon race, prize draw, bouncy castle, an inflatable assault course courtesy of the Army, and kids’ rugby coaching courtesy of Rugbytots, involving many of the former pros. The Lothian and Borders Police Pipe Band will also be there to provide the soundtrack for the day.

    “I would encourage any rugby fans and their families to come along and join us for what is sure to be a great day, and help us raise money for a worthy cause.”

    The match takes place at 2pm on Sunday, September 16. Tickets cost £5 (under-16s free) and must be purchased in advance from

    First XV
    6/8 Haymarket Terrace
    Edinburgh

    Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland Head Office
    Rosebury House
    9 Haymarket Terrace
    Edinburgh

    Email: stevecullymemorial@hotmail.co.uk

     
  • lbpolice 3:43 pm on July 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: AskLBP, chief inspector, , , pentland, , richard thomas   

    #AskLBP today with Pentland Chief Inspector Richard Thomas and @Edinburghreporter 

    LBP Chief Inspector Richard ThomasEdinReporter: 
    Well we now have Chief Inspector Richard Thomas here with Inspector Irene Ralston and we are ready to start. First of all Richard perhaps you would give us some idea of how you got where you are today?
     
    Richard Thomas:
     I joined the Force in 1996 and as a Police Constable in the West End of Edinburgh in a variety of roles including CID and Community Facing role such as my present one, 1989 – Graduated from Leeds University – B.A. Hons degree (1st Class) in English. 1990 – 1993 First Line Manager, Clays Ltd (book printers), Bungay, Suffolk 1993 – 1996 General Manager, Hullaballoo Theatre Company, Edinburgh 2010 – present: Voluntary Board Member of The Melting Pot, working with start up organisations involved in social innovation in Edinburgh.
     
     

    1996 – 2002 Police Constable in Edinburgh West End ‘C’ Division, L&B Police. 2002 – Promoted to Sergeant on Accelerated Promotion Scheme, uniform duties. Also formed part of working party defining the role of police within the new partnership working arrangements. 2003 – Transferred to CID, working within Crime Strategy Branch and Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the Drylaw area of Edinburgh. 2004 – Transferred to Scottish Crime & Drug Enforcement Agency, Strategic Development Unit. Devised new performance management framework as part of the Strategic Direction project. (Began MBA studies through the O.U.)

     
    EdinReporter: 
    Do you think it is essential to have a university degree to be at Inspector level?
     
    Richard Thomas: 
    Not at all. It is something that requires good people skills and the desire to make a difference.
     
    EdinReporter: 
    What is the area you are responsible for? How many police officers do you command?
     
    Richard Thomas: 
    I am responsible for the Pentlands Neighbourhood Area (SW neighbourhood area) and I command 150 officers.
     
    EdinReporter: 
    How are those officers structured?
     
    Richard Thomas: 
    Under my command I have 2 Sector Inspectors covering wards 2,7,8 and 9 which are Pentland Hills, Sighthill/Gorgie, Oxgangs/Balerno and Craiglockhart/Fountainbridge.
     
    EdinReporter: 
    Describe a typical day for us. Do you actually manage to get out of the office?
     
    Richard Thomas: 
    It is a varied job which encompasses personnel, management setting strategic goals and responding to emergency calls, policing large events such as football matches and responding to firearms incidents force wide and possibly the most important work that I do is community facing responding to the needs of the local neighbourhood area to solve local problems such as anti-social behaviour and crime.
     
    Edinburgh Reporter:
    Tell us about the different areas in your patch. Are there distinct differences in the kinds of crime you have to deal with in each?
     
    Richard Thomas: 
    The Pentlands neighbourhood area encompasses densely populated areas such as Gorgie/Dalry out to semi rural locations such as Balerno. The southwest area is the largest geographic area and by population in the city of Edinburgh.
     
    EdinReporter: 
    Given that Wester Hailes police station is where you are situated perhaps you would tell us about that area and the kinds of crime you have to deal with there.
     
    Richard Thomas: 
    In the Wester Hailes there is a variety of issues including drugs, anti-social behaviour and vandalism. However, these are not issues solely particular to Wester Hailes, as with every other area they must be addressed, the majority of people are hard working and want to work with us to solve these problems.
     
    EdinReporter: 
    As well as the people who live there you must work with many other groups in the area. Tell us about them.
     While we are having a couple of minor technical issues here….the police work with the Council and the environmental wardens who work there. They also partner a number of third sector charities including Score Scotland who work with black and minority ethnic groups in the south west. You can contact the South West team at the council here:
     
    South West Neighbourhood Team 10 Westside Plaza, Edinburgh EH14 2ST Tel: 0131 527 3800 Email: southwestteam@ edinburgh.gov.uk
     

    Richard Thomas:-
    “We have excellent relationships with our partner agencies. Working together allows for more intelligent problem solving than any one agency alone can deliver. We have a variety of processes in place for sharing information about vulnerable people such as children with a variety of agencies who can best help them.”

    EdinReporter: 
    I believe that you have some ideas for better policing in the Pentlands area particularly the Calders?
    Richard Thomas:-
    “We are about to embark upon a long term partnership initiative focussing on different areas within the ward 7 area which is Sighthill/Gorgie. It starts in the Calders area on 21 August…and will run for four weeks. This means we will have what we are calling Days of Action”
     
    EdinReporter: 
    What does Days of Action mean?
     
    Richard Thomas:
    “What it means is that we will be in the area talking to members of the community finding out what their issues are. We wil be physically tidying the area up along with the environmental wardens. We will be expecting to deal with some anti social behaviour issues. We hope that the community will allow us to help improve the area in many ways.”
     
    “The intention is to hold small focus groups with Calders residents to find out the issues that affect them and how we can jointly deal with them. We are going to listen to what people tell us and we do not have any preconceptions about what the problems might be.”
     
    ” By the end of September we hope to have reached a substantial proportion of the community through work like diversionary activities…. This means some activities that children can join in based on the theme of the Olympics.”
     
    “We are organising football in conjunction with the SFA. There will be a five a side tournament following open sessions, if of course there is sufficient interest. There will be kayaking on the canal.”
     
    EdinReporter: 
    Do you mean that police officers are kayaking or showing children what to do?
     
    Richard Thomas:-
    “No. There are a couple of qualified instructors who will be doing the teaching. The point is to give the young people in the area an opportunity to engage in positive activities and things they might not otherwise get the chance to do. It is also intended to reduce youth offending.”
     
    “We also want to show people that they can organise events themselves, and take responsibility for improving their own communities or their own area.”
     
    EdinReporter: 
    So this is a big initiative in the Pentlands area then? It must have taken some time to organise?
     
    Richard Thomas:-
    Yes it has but we want to make a positive difference to the area. Part of improving a community is traditional policing and equally to work alongside other partners in the neighbourhood to make it a safer and better place to live. We need help from the community itself to make this work.”
     
    Nabirye:  
    Hi I was wondering since you sound like such a busy man, do you have time to meet with small voluntary organisations operating in the Wester Hailes areas?
     
    Richard Thomas:-
    ” Absolutely of course we do. That is a really important part of what we are trying to achieve in terms of building trust and engaging with the community. email me at richard.thomas@lbp.pnn.police.uk
     
    EdinReporter: 
    When you amalgamated Edinburgh’s 3 divisions into one*, response times dropped dramatically with officers from Portobello responding to calls in our area and vice versa and when you closed the local control rooms and merged them into the FCC, call answering was shocking (one 999 call I made personally took 5 minutes 23 seconds to ANSWER) and the pitiful excuse given by LBP was that they “didn’t realise how many call they received on a daily basis” Given that most people require an urgent response from the Police at times of utmost crisis, how will these issues be avoided when the new Single Scottish Police Force comes into being next year?
     
    Richard Thomas:-
    “That is a major piece of work being carried out nationally. My own intention at a local level as an area commander is to continue to deliver excellent local policing at this time of change, and of course continue when the new force is set up.”
     
    *LBP This Divisional merger was several years ago, for 999 response time stats published this week click here
     
    EdinReporter: 
    We should explain before setting RIchard the next question that he is a keen cyclist, using his bike for commuting as well as leisure. @camurphy asked on Twitter “Any plans to police the red cycle boxes for both cars offering and cyclists not using by jumping the red lights?”
     
    Richard Thomas:-
    “I think that both car drivers and cyclists have an equal obligation to obey the rules of the road and to respect each other. I am a cyclist and a driver and I think most people would agree that respect is the best road safety there is. As for plans to enforce we have ongoing road safety initiatives particularly where there are accident blackspots. We also have police officers who patrol using bicycles. Part of their duty is to ensure that all road users abide by the Highway Code.”
     
    EdinReporter: 
    Some of our other contributors asked about the 20mph zones. Do you have any in your area? If you do then how do you police them?
     
    Richard Thomas:-
    ” No we don’t but elsewhere in the city they are policed by traffic wardens. For most of the areas where they exist there is usually a good reason, mostly they are outside schools and built up areas for example. If anyone is spotted in these areas flouting the rules they can expect to be challenged.”
     
    EdinReporter: 
    Richard thank you very much for joining us today. We appreciate your time. We look forward to hearing more about your community policing in time. How can our readers keep up with your news?
     
    Richard Thomas:-
    “There is a blog at the bottom of the Lothian and Borders Police website where news will be posted.”
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • lbpolice 2:23 pm on July 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , hospital, , , sick kids   

    LBP Officers raising funds for Sick Kids Hospital #SKFF 

    Airport officers on bikes

    Paul McDonald, Stevie Amabile and Alan Dunlop, who are all based at the Airport.

    Three police officers are donning their cycle helmets this weekend to raise vital funds for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation (SKFF).

    Inspector Paul McDonald from Lothian and Borders Police Force will be leading his team including Sergeant Stevie Amabile and PC Alan Dunlop, who are all based at Edinburgh Airport, on the charity cycle.

    Paul said: “We decided to raise money for the Sick Kids Friends Foundation because we have all had experience of a child who has been admitted to Edinburgh’s Hospital for Sick Children at some point.

    “It’s a truly worrying time and terrible experience for any parent to go through. In particular, a team member’s son fell seriously ill this year with pneumonia and the Sick Kids Friends Foundation was a huge support to him and his family.”

    The SKFF t-shirt clad police officers will begin their journey this Saturday and hope to bring a £1,000 cash boost for the charity to fund reward boxes for children who go through surgical procedures and to fund the maintenance of the hospital’s fish tanks.

    Edinburgh-based Paul continued: “We decided to donate all of the cash to reward boxes and the maintenance for the fish tanks because we wanted to physically give sick children something to enjoy. Children love animals and we feel it is important to reward those admitted to the hospital with something they can care for and enjoy. Fish are known to be therapeutic and we hope they bring a lot of positive energy to children suffering from a range of illnesses.”

    Will Guest, corporate fundraiser from the Sick Kids Friends Foundation, said: “We are delighted to support Paul and his team on their cycle challenge.

    “Edinburgh Airport is one of our affiliated companies and we are very grateful for the support they have given the Sick Kids Friends Foundation.

    “Although police deployment at Edinburgh Airport includes airport policing bikes, these police officers are in no way serious cycling competitors so we are delighted to see them going the extra mile for charity.

    “The funds raised this weekend will provide luxuries for children undergoing treatment and will brighten up their hospital stay.”

    Story – Sick Kids Friends Foundation

     
    • mike 2:33 pm on July 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Well done guys
      A great effort for a great cause
      My daughter is a nurse there

  • lbpolice 2:53 pm on July 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: dog, ellie, , , , zico   

    You can run, you can hide, but LBP Police Dogs, Ellie and Zico will find you 

    Police Dog trackingSix men have been detained in connection with alleged housebreaking and thefts following excellent work by police dogs and handlers with the Lothian and Borders Police Specialist Support Unit.

    Around 3.25am today (Wednesday) police responded to an address in Clovenstone Drive after receiving reports of men trying to steal a car.

    On arrival, a group of males made off from the scene and were pursued by officers.

    Police Dogs Ellie and Zico, who are both German Shepherds, were deployed and within a short time all four men had been traced in and around garden areas of Clovenstone Gardens.

    An hour later police were called to Craigcrook Road in Edinburgh after two men were spotted acting suspiciously in the area.

    Officers detained one man within a white Transit van. However, another male made off into nearby woodland and was tracked by Police Dog Zico.

    PD Zico immediately picked up the man’s scent and he was very quickly traced hiding within foliage.

    The men detained during both these incidents are all currently assisting police with their investigations.

    Police are also following a positive line of enquiry following the theft of a quad bike at Ransfield Farm in Ratho around 6am yesterday (Tuesday).

    PD Ellie, who was deployed to assist with the search for two men seen stealing the vehicle, soon after recovered a balaclava believed to belong to one of the suspects.

    The item is now being analysed by police, who are warning would-be thieves to thing twice before becoming involved in acquisitive crime.

     

    Chief Superintendent Derek RobertsonChief Superintendent Derek Robertson, Operations Division Commander said: “Lothian and Borders Police are committed to promoting preventative policing and regularly engage with our local communities to offer advice and guidance on how to keep properties and valuables safe from criminals.

    “However, whenever a crime does occur, we will use all the resources at our disposal to identify and trace those responsible and bring them to justice.

    “Our police dogs are trained to an extremely high standard and are regularly used with great success during the various operations and day-to-day policing duties the Force undertakes.

    “As these recent incidents have shown, those who flee the scene of a crime can and will still be brought to justice based on the competent work carried out by the our dogs, their handlers and the other specialist resources Lothian and Borders Police can utilise during an investigation.”

     
  • lbpolice 11:30 am on July 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blackburn, craigshill, football, , ,   

    Street 5 a Side Football #Craigshill and #Blackburn West Lothian #CashbackforCommunities 

    Lothian and  Borders Police West Lothian Community Teams are working with our partner agencies to develop and support youth diversionary activities during the summer holidays.  These provide young people in our communities with engaging activities that promote community well being and prevent antisocial behaviour and helps keep young people ‘off the street’.

    Street Football

    One such activity is the Summer Street Football.  This is a free 5-a-side football programme for boys and girls aged 12 to 17.

    This has been funded by the ‘Cashback for Communities’ project which is an initiative that reinvests proceeds of crime back into communities in partnership with the Scottish Football Association and the Scottish Government.

    Your Community Officers have been working with Craig Bodel, West Lothian Council Sports and Education Officer, Blackburn United FC and Craigshill Thistle FC and are please be running the Street Football at:

    Blackburn

    • Fridays 13 July – 17 August
    • 3:00 – 4:30pm
    • Grass area beside the Health Centre on Ash Grove

    Craigshill

    • Thursdays 12 July – 16 August
    • 3:00 – 4:30pm
    • Craigshill Astro Turf beside Craigsfarm

     

    Please come along to these events where you can play five-a-side with your local Community Officers.

     

    For further information please contact:

     

    PC Jose Vega Lozano Blackburn Community Officer

    Jose.Vega-Lozano@lbp.pnn.police.uk

     
     PC Susan Crawford Blackburn Community Officer

    Susan.Crawford@lbp.pnn.police.uk

     

    PC David McRobbie Craigshill Community Officer

    David.McRobbie@lbp.pnn.police.uk

    Street football poster Blackburn

    Street football poster Blackburn

    Street football poster Craigshill

    Street football poster Craigshill

     
  • lbpolice 3:22 pm on July 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Dalkeith, , , Mayfield, , summer holidays, youth club   

    LBP and Street Soccer Scotland youth club Dalkeith and Mayfield Midlothian 6th July to 18th August 

    Street Soccer Youth ClubAre you aged 12 to 18 years old and interested in football? Lothian and Borders Police have been working in partnership with Street Soccer (Scotland) to develop a youth diversionary programme to be run throughout the summer holidays in a bid to engage with local youths and take into account the needs of the local community.

    Street Soccer (Scotland) is a non-profit social enterprise that delivers a range of football related services, inspired by personal experience of how sport can create real positive change, whilst developing individuals into making positive choices in their lives. Young people will be provided with an opportunity to meet new people, improve their physical and mental health and increase their confidence.

    PC Katy Johnstone

    PC Katy Johnstone

    PC Lynne Cochrane

    PC Lynne Cochrane

    Youth Community Officers (YCO) PC Kathryn Johnstone and PC Lynne Cochrane have been working with David Duke, CEO Street Soccer (Scotland) to organise this summer initiative, which will take place at the following locations in order to encourage a wide range of young people to attend.

    Street workers and local youth groups as well as members from Lothian and Borders Community Policing Team will all be involved to provide support and encouragement.

    The programme is free and participants can attend as many sessions as they want in either location.  Males and females are both welcome between the ages of 12 – 18 years.

    The sessions will include

    • Fun Games
    • Skills sessions
    • Careers Advice
    • Cup Tournaments and Prizes 

    Contact the YCO’s via EDIVYCODalkeithNewbattle@lbp.pnn.police.uk with any enquiries.

    When is it?  Mayfield – Friday evenings 5.30 to 8.30pm, Dalkeith Saturdays 6.30 to 8.30pm.

    For more info contact the Youth Service Team

     info@streetsoccerscotland.org 

    t: 0131 652 8191

    http://www.streetsoccerscotland.org

    Download the poster

    Street Soccer PosterStreet Soccer Poster

     
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