South Ayrshire Local Policing Plan for 2018-21 has been agreed by the community, police and the council.

After consulting the public, elected members, community councils and Partnerships Panel on what should be the main policing areas, five priorities have been established. 

These are: to reduce incidents of violence, disorder and antisocial behaviour; to reduce harm to communities by tackling alcohol and drugs misuse; to protect people at risk of harm; to improve road safety; and and to reduce acquisitive crime.

The plan comes after the “Your View Counts” survey carried out and was discussed at the Leadership Panel last week.

Cllr Douglas Campbell asked: “How do we support the more rural areas including Maybole, Girvan and South Carrick?”

Chief Inspector Gary I’Anson said: “We are grateful for the feedback. 

“I am really keen to focus on Ayr where we have resources so we can help [other areas too].

“We are trying to build on the crucial work if the school campus officers and extend these services to Queen Margaret Academy and Girvan Academy.”

Cllr Brian McGinley said: “I am very pleased to see your work is to support and sustain the community. If people are protected there will be less need for crime.”

Cllr Petter Henderson added: “I welcome the report but can I just suggest a little amendment and that we include South Carrick in the policing plan.”

The new scheme will be in place from Thursday, May 31 and will be managed by Service Lead – Community Services and Facilities.