Bob Paris: Here’s to a safer festive period

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As local area commander for Central Edinburgh my job is to manage day-to-day policing and provide a visible uniformed presence in the city centre.

Our presence has to reflect the demand of communities that live in the city centre and those that visit to enjoy retail therapy, the nightlife and our Capital’s history. We work closely with our partners in the council, other emergency services and external organisations to prevent crime.

We listen to what local people say and you set our priorities. My staff work 24/7 to respond to your needs and to make the city centre a safer place to live, work and enjoy.

A great example of this is the policing operation each weekend in the city centre. We meet with our partners in the licensing trade to review business, target problem areas and keep people safe. The benefits of this are clear. For example, last week saw reductions of 32 per cent and 26 per cent in antisocial behaviour and disorder incidents compared to the same weeks last year.

We now enter a very busy festive period on the back of a glorious summer and the busiest Festival in many years. Our police operation during the holiday season is called “Operation Astrodome”.

Over the festive period, due to the huge increase in shoppers and revellers, we will deploy dozens of extra officers. Help us to help you and take a look at the excellent crime prevention advice on our website.

As an Edinburgh resident and a police officer, I enjoy the vibrancy of our city centre. I hope that you and your loved ones have a safe time while out within the Capital over Christmas and New Year.

We’ll keep you updated with what we are doing throughout the festivities. Please follow us on twitter @EdinCityPolice. During Operation Astrodome we will bring you updates, incident information, useful advice and guidance on crime prevention and keeping safe. Find it by using #OpAstrodome.