Sara Buchanan: Beware of Operation Wolf

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As Evening News readers are undoubtedly aware, police in Edinburgh have launched a month-long campaign to tackle the specific issues that affect communities across the Capital.

Operation Wolf was launched on Tuesday with a day of enforcement in the Leith area.

However, officers have been busily working on covert activities in the north of the city as part of this initiative.

On Thursday, May 1, police from Edinburgh Division visited several addresses throughout the city to identify individuals believed to be involved in football-related disorder at the International Bar, following last week’s Edinburgh derby.

Properties in Leith and the Telford area were among those where officers attended and as a result of this activity, six people were subsequently charged.

However, that was not the end of our enforcement activity and on Monday, May 5, policing teams were out in force to conduct numerous stops and searches and to provide a high-visibility presence across the area to deter and detect criminal activity.

As a result, six males were arrested shortly after breaking into a pair of garages in the Ravelston area, while the stops and searches that were undertaken resulted in 12 people being arrested for crimes including warrant offences, breach of bail, hate crime and acquisitive crime.

Leith communities are likely to have seen many officers out
on patrol throughout Tuesday as
part of targeted action to tackle offences such as drug crime and violence.

City of Edinburgh Council is fully supportive of all the work being undertaken during Operation Wolf and police continue to work closely with elected representatives and other council members to keep people safe.

Each enforcement day that will take place in the coming weeks is as a result of our engagement with our communities who have identified via the local policing plans, the problems their area faces.

I would like to reassure all members of the public in north Edinburgh that we continue to address the issues that you identify to us as a priority.

Whenever we receive information about ongoing criminal activity or community concerns, we will dedicate all the necessary resources to bring offenders to justice and build public confidence in policing.

• Chief Inspector Sara Buchanan is area commander for North Edinburgh