Mark Williams: Police enjoying significant success

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As the commander for the city of Edinburgh, my job is to lead policing in the Capital. I am supported by a highly professional team of officers and staff committed to helping vulnerable people and tackling crime.

We are held to account for everything we do. It is only right and proper that this happens to ensure we continue to deliver a high standard of service, and to make sure we are keeping people safe wherever we can.

In Edinburgh, we asked members of the public for their views on what policing issues matter most to them. More than 5000 responded and these answers form the basis of all that we do. That’s why we have priorities that are unique to Edinburgh and I am passionate about responding to them.

The approach speaks for itself. Serious assaults are down; robbery is down; sexual assaults are down; antisocial behaviour and disorder is down; the numbers of people killed and seriously injured on the roads is continuing to fall and all the while we are solving more of these crimes and charging and prosecuting more offending and dangerous drivers than ever before.

It is obvious that targeting criminals and specific issues will mean that some areas of crime will be perceived to “rise”. Our figures are a measure of our success and I hope the public recognise the hard work my officers are doing. For example, we have arrested more drug dealers and recovered more drugs. We have searched more individuals who carry knives and offensive weapons and recovered more blades as a result.

We have also worked hard to encourage the victims of rape to come forward and have confidence to report to us. This has led to an increase in reporting and we have matched this by solving many more crimes than we did last year. The issue of domestic abuse is also more of a priority for Police Scotland than ever before. We have recorded more assaults because we are responding professionally and robustly to domestic abuse. Putting a spotlight on this terrible crime is long overdue.

Policing in Edinburgh must respond to local needs and that’s why we have introduced teams targeting housebreakers across the city. They are having a real impact and will continue to focus on this area in the months ahead.

I am confident my officers and staff are doing all they can to protect the most vulnerable in society whilst tackling crime and those responsible. We will continue to listen to the public and keep people in the Capital safe.

• Chief Superintendent Mark Williams is Edinburgh’s police commander