Police slated by new Burnfoot chairman

Police Scotland were criticised once again following this month’s meeting of Burnfoot Community Council.

Police did not attend the meeting on Tuesday night but provided what new chairman Michael Grieve called a “very basic” crime report.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Mr Grieve said: “I don’t know what was worse, this month’s very basic report or the fact that last month the officer who attended came from Jedburgh and had no knowledge of the problems we face on this estate.”

“We are there to ask questions of the police and when they don’t attend it is very frustrating. The last time our community beat officer attended Burnfoot Community Council was in February.”

Mr Grieve also reiterated concerns calling for police to provide “estate-specific statistics”: “We constantly strive to reduce crime at Burnfoot and the continued failure to produce relevant figures prevents us targeting specific problems.”

Councillor Watson McAteer added: “It is unfortunate that the police support to Burnfoot Community Council has been inconsistent with the resident community officer being regularly unavailable. A community the size and complexity of Burnfoot requires consistent engagement between police and community representatives.”

Police Scotland issued the following statement: “We remain committed to a community-focused approach to policing, and community policing teams are in regular contact with community council members in order to keep them fully updated and to listen to any issues they have.

“We are committed to ongoing engagement and dialogue with members, and wherever possible will look to provide an officer to attend monthly community council meetings. Should an officer be unable to attend, we will always seek to provide a full update to members ahead of this, and can also meet representatives outwith the formal meeting to provide further detail.”