Council reinstates local Police funding
Councillors have agreed to reinstate funding for two local Police Scotland Community Action Teams.
The annual £500,000 funding had been withdrawn
The £500,000 annual funding for the two teams, each with one sergeant and six police constables was withdrawn in previous budget savings.
Councillors voted in favour of the move
However, at the full council meeting on Tuesday, the majority of councillors voted in favour of reinstating the funding agreement with Police Scotland.
There was a rise in anti-social behaviour
The cabinet member for community safety, Cllr Stephen Curran said: “We realise that money is extremely tight. However, that said, we feel you can’t put a price on the safety of our local residents.
“When the Community Action Teams (CAT) were being phased out, there was a significant rise in highly visible anti-social behaviour and damage to property across many of our towns, placing massive pressures on police resources.
The spend will benefit local people
“We feel, therefore, that spending the money will be hugely beneficial to our communities by allowing dedicated resources to be spent on tackling housebreaking, anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol misuse and road safety.”
More information about the costs
The cost to the council in the current financial year to April 2018 will be circa £46,000 a month, rising to £557,000 annually plus a 1% annual pay increment.