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City centre crackdown sees fall in anti-social behaviour

The operation has been seen as a success for the second year in a row.

The joint operation between Police Scotland and Stirling Council that took place over the summer has been hailed as a success after a fall in anti-social behaviour has been reported.

Operation Steadfast summer has been hailed as the reason for the 14% reduction in anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

The operation saw a greater police presence in the city centre over two months, working with partners to tackle issues in the heart of Stirling.

Steadfast was raised at a meeting of Stirling Council’s Public Safety Committee, where convener Maureen Bennison said,

“It’s encouraging to see Operation Steadfast continue to achieve success after its expansion to cover the entire city centre.

“While these positive figures are welcome, it simply reaffirms our determination to tackle anti-social behaviour and other criminal activity so residents and visitors to our beautiful city feel safe and secure.”

Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Chris Kane said: “Operation Steadfast’s latest successes show the benefits of this positive partnership between the Council, Police Scotland and other agencies.

“Through this close collaboration and targeted approach, we are continuing to strive to ensure Stirling is a safe and welcoming place to live, work and visit.”

Stirling Area Commander, Chief Inspector Gill Marshall, was asked about the actions of the police once Steadfast Summer ended, she told the committee that they are aware of how to tackle the issue of anti-social behaviour in Stirling and that officers “won’t withdraw immediately” and will still have a presence in the town.

Marshall went on to highlight that the success of Operation Steadfast Summer for a second year meant that the police are optimistic about repeating Operation Steadfast Freshers, which will focus on student safety in Stirling, especially during the nighttime economy.

“What Operation Steadfast continues to demonstrate is the significant benefit that our collaborative work with Stirling Council has in reducing crime within the city centre during periods of increased footfall.

“I would like to thank the officers and partners who worked so diligently and professionally to make this summer’s initiative a success and we now look forward to rolling out Steadfast for the Freshers arriving at Stirling university and during the festive period.”

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