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A SUCCESSFUL campaign to reduce antisocial behaviour in the Borders has been acknowledged by Lothian and Borders Police.

The Force Excellence Awards, which took place at the constabulary’s Fettes HQ in Edinburgh earlier this month, celebrated the achievements of officers and partners from all divisions, and the roles they played in building safer communities through engagement and crime prevention advice.

Staff involved in the Driving Out Antisocial Behaviour in the Scottish Borders campaign were presented with an award in the crime prevention category by Assistant Chief Constable Mike McCormick.

He stressed that the campaign had shown the value of partnership working, and in particular the work of the dedicated Safer Communities Team, based at Newtown, which brought together the police with staff from SBC’s Antisocial Behaviour Unit and community safety.

The team had “worked tirelessly” with local registered social landlords, NHS, Fire and Rescue, the local courts and the community to reduce levels of antisocial behaviour. They had seen a continued reduction over the last three years, with an overall drop of 15 per cent in this current year. These results had been achieved through identifying emerging issues at an early stage and applying appropriate interventions.

Borders area commander Chief Superintendent Murdo MacIver welcomed the award and praised the efforts of local policing teams in tackling antisocial behaviour.

He told us: “Serious crime in the Borders is extremely rare and issues such as antisocial behaviour tend to make up a larger percentage of the calls our officers respond to.

“Antisocial behaviour can have a serious impact upon communities and our officers regularly work closely with partner agencies and local residents and businesses to tackle any problems that may arise.

“We are delighted to have been recognised by this award, but we will not rest on this success and will continue to engage closely with our communities to address all concerns they have in relation to antisocial crime in their area.”