Having been in post for almost two years, I am now moving onto a six month secondment as temporary superintendant of a national project on Planning and Engagement.
Local engagement with partners across the Falkirk area will doubtless prove invaluable in this new role.
The current picture for Falkirk is a very positive one, with a continued decline in recorded crime – currently down seven per cent on last year. Anti-social behaviour is following a similar pattern, with early intervention and prevention work on a daily basis with our partners.
Focused targeting of drugs suppliers has resulted in a 21 per cent increase in charges compared to last year.
With more deaths on our roads in division than fatalities resulting from crime, joint work with roads policing and partners is constant. To date, there have been fewer fatalities and serious injuries this year, compared to last.
None of these results would have been possible without the support and information provided by the community, so thank you all.
I move on with mixed emotions, as I have taken a real pride in policing the area I grew up in. But I leave you in the capable hands of Chief Inspector Damian Armstrong.