Residents are shunning police surgeries

Community beat officer Steven Sutherland
Community beat officer Steven Sutherland
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COMMUNITY beat officer Steven Sutherland has revealed his latest surgery was attended by just one member of the public in five hours.

And he told a meeting of Burnfoot Community Council he has seen only 12 people in the last four surgeries held on the estate.

Community wardens were also in attendance at the health flat.

Mr Sutherland said: “People complain about the police all the time but when we give them the chance to come and speak to us they don’t.”

The surgeries are advertised in the press, radio and posters.

Mr Sutherland added: “We’ll deal with calls and react to issues but if we can deal proactively by getting information up front then it makes everybody’s lives easier.”

In his police report, Mr Sutherland said there had been three thefts, one vandalism and no assaults during January. And of the 78 calls received, 12 were youth related.

He said: “These were regarding youths in gardens but we’ve had high-visibility patrols, wardens and youth workers out as well as extra foot patrols and since then we’ve had just one call in the last two weeks.”