LOTHIAN AND BORDERS POLICE
Haddington Police Station, 39-41 Court Street, Haddington, EH41 3AE
Tel. No. 01620 824101, Fax No. 01620 822393
Haddington Police Station will be open for public counter enquires during the following times –
Mon. to Thurs. 0730 hrs – 2300 hrs
Fri. 0730 hrs – 2245 hrs
As of the 5th of March 2007, Inspector David Gordon will become the Community Inspector for Haddington, North Berwick and Dunbar. From this date Inspector Gordon will not routinely carry out duty shifts, where he is responsible for response policing and critical incident management in Mid and East Lothian. His new community role will allow him more time to focus on community policing issues and to forge strong and consistent links with partners to make a long-term difference. Inspector Gordon will also be more accessible, mainly working during the day allowing him to attend key meetings which he is currently unable to attend due to mid week rest days and duty cover.
COMMUNITY BEAT OFFICERS
Sgt James Duffy overall area responsibility
PC Stuart Gunn – Haddington Central and Athelstaneford
PC Ruaraidh Hamilton – Haddington West, Pencaitland, East Saltoun and West Saltoun.
PC John Douglas – Haddington East, Gifford and Garvald
The external E – Mail address for the community team is-
COMMUNITY CONSTABLES SURGERY
The first 3 police surgeries have taken place on Wednesday 14th December 2006, Wednesday 10th January 2007 and on, Wednesday 14th of February respectively. The surgeries were held between 1900hrs and 2100hrs within the council buildings, Town House, Haddington. Despite advertisements in the local papers, Library, Newtonport Surgery and various other locations, attendance at the surgeries has been minimal. Following requests from Community Councillors the next surgery will take place, on SATURDAY morning on the 31st March 2007. Times to be confirmed. The surgery will again be advertised within local papers, the Library etc. It is hoped the end of the festive period will aid attendance at the surgery. This is a community initiative, which is open to everyone. If you have concerns over crime, nuisance or quality of life issues, or anti social behaviour, please call in.
Local community intelligence has identified alcohol abuse by juveniles as a major contributory factor in anti social behaviour, breaches of the peace and vandalism. The rise in such behaviour has a direct impact on operational policing and quality of life issues within the community. In response to this Operation Emption, a multi-agency campaign was launched on the 31st October 2006, targeting at underage drinking. During this operation, which ran to the end of December local officers accompanied by Community Support Officers and Outreach Workers, conducted high visibility patrols throughout the Haddington Beat area. These patrols were backed up by visits to local schools by the community officers who undertook school talks with various age groups concerning the dangers and consequences of alcohol use. During the operation an Ad-Trailer displaying a strong anti drink message was extensively used in the East Lothian area as both a static and moving display.
At a meeting of the East Lothian Licensing Board on January 17th 2007, the Liquor licence for Singhs Grocers, Traprain Terrace, Haddington, was revoked for a minimum of 1 year.
This follows a successful enquiry and court case into the sale of alcohol on the premises to persons under the age of 18 yrs of age
Haddington uniformed officers assisted by the plain-clothes officers within the community action team continue their excellent work in tackling local crime. To date we have recorded a station solvency rate of 65%, the highest within the division.
In recent months significant progress has been made in the area of vandalism with 5 juveniles charged with a combined total of 29 acts of vandalism to cars and windows. Reports have been submitted to the children’s reporter in respect of the youths.
As part of the ongoing initiative to tackle dangerous and inconsiderate parking within the Haddington area, local officers will continue to conduct frequent high visibility patrols at known trouble spots robustly enforcing the traffic regulations.
WEEKEND STREET DISORDER
In response to complaints of anti- social behaviour and rowdiness in the High Street and Market Street areas of Haddington at weekends. Local officers are conducting high visibility foot patrols in the evening and in particular at the dispersal times for patrons leaving local drinking establishments. These patrols appear to have a beneficial effect on the rowdier elements in the streets at this time and the patrols will continue for the foreseeable future.