Military and civilian police in Helensburgh Joint Patrols

Military Police are patrolling Helensburgh town center at the weekend as part of joint operations with Police Scotland, a new report has revealed.

And a “Keep Safe” initiative for vulnerable people has been expanded, with materials translated into Ukrainian.

The updates are contained in a Police Scotland report which Argyll and Bute Council’s Helensburgh and Lomond area community planning group is due to discuss next week.

It says action plans have been drawn up, with increased high-visibility patrols in a bid to tackle “hot spots” of anti-social behavior, substance abuse and violence.

The report adds: ‘Police Scotland, Royal Navy Police and Ministry of Defense Police have established joint weekend patrols of Helensburgh town center to promote the safety and welfare of members from the public and prevent crime from occurring or escalating.

“Patrols are also used to work with licensed premises, including staff and managers promoting the responsible sale of alcohol.

“The overall goal is to take a collaborative approach to providing a safe recreational environment, maximizing public safety and reducing anti-social behavior and disorder.”

Police also held Friday night football sessions over the summer holidays, in conjunction with Live Argyll and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, attracting up to 70 people aged 12 to 17.

The Keep Safe initiative extends across Scotland, with over 50 Keep Safe Places in Argyll and Bute.

The report adds: “Keep Safe was designed with people with disabilities in mind, but can be used by anyone who feels lost, scared or vulnerable when out in the community.

“Keep Safe materials translated into Ukrainian have been shared with all Keep Safe locations and key contacts through the Partnership Against Violence Against Women and Girls to enable Ukrainians to be aware of and able to access Keep Safe locations. Safe if they feel vulnerable while in our communities.”

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