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Tayside Police ceased to exist on 1 April 2013 with the Police Service
of Scotland taking over as the national service from this date. Chief
Constable Stephen House heads the new service.
Inspector Iain Ward, the senior officer for this area, told us what
this means for local policing locally:
“This change is the biggest that policing has seen in more than
a generation. My job was to ensure a seamless transition into the
new service and that we continue to deliver the highest quality of
policing in the area. There has been no reduction in service or numbers
of police. If the community have seen no real change, then I and my
staff will have done their job.”
In real terms, what changes will people will see?
“With a national service we now have access to all of the resources
that Police Scotland has at their disposal. If we require it, we now
have access to a helicopter and a vast array of specialist support.
The introduction of a standard national non-emergency number of 101
was a great step forward for Scotland, rationalising a host of non-emergency
numbers across the country and one that is much easier to remember.
All of our vehicles have been de-branded, with Tayside Police logos
removed, so too has the police uniform.
“Our job is all about Keeping People Safe and working with the
community to do this; this will not change – we have great relationships
in the community. There were concerns that a national service would
be centralised to the bigger cities and I can reassure everyone that
there is a real focus on local service delivery in more rural areas
such as Kinross-shire. I have developed a local policing plan which
is all about responding to what the community has raised as their
priorities, so its all about responding to what the real local issues
At this time of the year Trading Standards and Police see a rise in
the number of people
knocking on residents’ doors touting for business. Trading Standards
DO look for tradesmen who are members of a trusted trader scheme,
e.g. the Better
Business Partnership scheme run by PKC.
DO ask family members and neighbours for
DO ask for references and names of previous clients. Speak to them
and look at their previous work if possible.
DO make sure you have sufficient contact details for the tradesman
– address and landline telephone number.
DO get at least two detailed quotes in writing for the work to be
done (three quotes for larger jobs) and check that VAT is included
in the final figure.
DON’T rush into anything – take your time to make a decision
on which tradesman to use.
DON’T agree to have work done on the spot by someone who knocks
on your door touting for work, especially if they tell you there is
something wrong with your property.
DO check any claims by the tradesman that they are a member of a trade
DO agree on the work being carried out and payment terms before the
tradesman starts the job.
DO make sure you receive your cancellation rights if you enter into
a contract/agreement with a tradesman during a visit to your home
or work – in most cases the tradesman must give written notice
of your right to cancel the agreement.
DO have regular meetings with the tradesman if it is a building job
to make sure everything is on track.
DON’T pay the final bill until the job is done and you are happy
with the work – you have the right to withhold a reasonable
amount of money until the work has been done to your satisfaction.
DO make sure you have any instructions and warranties for goods.
DO know your rights – contact Citizens Advice Consumer Services
on 08454 04 05 06 if you have any queries about your rights, or alternatively
go online to
*** Contact the police immediately on 999 if
you see anything or anyone acting suspiciously ***
Crime Stoppers – Telephone 0800 555 111
This telephone number is a free phone number, unless you are using
a mobile phone, which any member of the public can contact at any
time if you have information relating to a criminal activity of any
sort. It is, if you wish, confidential and you cannot be contacted
if you choose to remain anonymous.
Community Officers – Telephone 101
Community Officers can be contacted on 101.
Constable Sadie Allan Kinross and Milnathort
Constable Victoria Riches Kinross landward
Constable Jim Pentley Abernethy, Bridge of Earn and Glenfarg