Residents, police join forces

RESIDENTS of a public housing estate at North Casino have agreed to meet regularly with police in a bid to reduce the incidence of crime in the area which has been wrackedby street fighting, assaults and vandalism during the past few months.

The move to establish the community committee to liaise with police follows a public meeting at the Oaks Centre last week attended by about 30 residents, senior police, and members of the Casino Neighbourhood Watch Committee.

Officer-in-charge of Casino police, Inspector Gary Cowan, described the meeting as positive and said it showed the clear resolve of the residents to fix the area’s crimeproblems.

“Police told the residents at the meeting that problems in the area could not be fixed by the police alone,” Insp Cowan said.

“They will only be fixed by the policeand members of the community working together.

“The police are keen to do all they can to stop the crime, but the community has toassist by reporting all incidents and supplying police with statements so the offenders can be brought before the court.”

Insp Cowan said the meeting had agreed the community committee should meet regularly with police to discuss problems as they arose in the area, and implement strategies to address those problems and reduce crime.



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