29 September 2015

Stevenson Welcomes Police Figures for Aberdeenshire

Stewart Stevenson, SNP MSP for Banffshire & Buchan Coast, has welcomed performance figures that show a 24 per cent drop in road casualties across Aberdeenshire.

Chief Superintendent Campbell Thomson, Divisional Commander for Aberdeenshire and Moray, has presented the first quarter 2015/16 figures to the local scrutiny board in Aberdeenshire. The statistics for the April to June 2015 period show a 24.5 per cent drop in casualties from road traffic collisions and a 40 per cent reduction in serious assaults.

Chief Superintendent Thomson said:

“I am encouraged by this report which shows a further fall in overall crime in the first quarter of this year. Despite the figures showing a drop in casualties from road traffic collisions, we have still seen five people killed on our roads in recent months. Through our road safety strategy, Operation CEDAR (Challenge, Educate, Detect and Reduce), Aberdeenshire and Moray Division along with partners continue to work together to highlight this area of concern.

"The detection rate for serious assaults is over 93% and for robberies is 100 per cent which is encouraging."

Mr Stevenson said:

“These latest figures for Aberdeenshire are encouraging indeed, and I commend the police force for their efforts and the way in which they work with the public to get these results.

“The report shows that there has been a slight rise in common assaults but I am ensured that Local Area Commanders across Aberdeenshire are taking steps to reverse this, and there has been a significant drop in serious assaults.”

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