Disquiet over cop meetings

editorial image

Concerns have been expressed that residents in Burnfoot are unaware the police are holding regular surgeries on the estate, writes Jason Marshall.

Community councillor Anne Knight told last week’s meeting that officers used the community hub for
meetings, but nobody turned up.

She added: “I’ve never seen an advert or anything [to notify locals].”

Chairman Michael Grieve said he wasn’t aware of the surgeries being advertised either and said it would be disappointing if police were just using it as a box-ticking exercise.

Councillor Stuart Marshall said: “There are several issues which could be dealt with [at the surgeries], giving people the opportunity to come and speak [to officers] rather than go to the police station.”

Chairman Grieve said
he would get in touch with Inspector Carol Wood to
find out how the surgeries were being promoted in Burnfoot.

“Certainly the advertising has been disappointing,” he added.

A police spokeswoman told the Hawick News: “The community beat officer gets the surgeries advertised through Burnfoot Community Hub’s Facebook page and on posters.”

She added: “He’s definitely been at the surgeries on the days he told them about, so it’s definitely not a ‘tickbox’ exercise.”