Divisional Commanders Message
With the festive season now fi rmly upon us, our winter policing initiatives are now up and running throughout the capital.
We have a range of activities going on right across Edinburgh, including a number of extra patrols in the busiest hotspots - from the airport to our outlying shopping centres.
We are also hoping to replicate the success of previous years with our city centre policing operation, Astrodome, which encompasses a huge range of partner activities all designed around keeping Edinburgh a safe place to visit, shop, and socialise in.
Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, 'A' Divisional Commander.
Operation Auction III
On 1st December 2010, Police in Edinburgh launched Operation Auction III, which is an annual 2-month initiative to tackle domestic abuse over the Festive Period, a time when increased numbers of incidents are reported.
Operation Auction III is part of a national Antiviolence Campaign and supported by our partners, including the City of Edinburgh Council.
Activities during this period are directed to:
- Raise awareness of the subject of domestic abuse in our communities
- Provide appropriate safety planning to reduce risk to victims
- Direct individuals to specialist supports through our colleagues within the voluntary sector
- Target perpetrators who engage in this behaviour
A particular focus is activities to target those who carry out acts of domestic abuse and reduce their future off ending. When they do off end, procedures are in place to arrest them, bring them before the courts, release them on Special Bail Conditions or remand them in custody until their trial.
The underlying aims of these activities are to strive towards a safer community, provide a reduction in repeat victims and work towards a more coordinated response.
Should you wish further information or advice you can contact a Domestic Abuse Liaison Officer on 0131 316 6683 or through the Lothian & Borders Police Force Website -