A NEW Police station for Buckie was officially opened in the Moray town today by Colin McKerracher, Grampian’s Chief Constable.
The new station at Moray House in East Cathcart Street replaces the previous office in South West Street.
Local Inspector Louise Blakelock said: “As part of our policing model we promised our communities that we would forge closer links with them. Listening to and acting upon their concerns has a huge role to play in that.
“The feedback has been absolutely clear - the community wants a policing presence right at the heart of the community which is what the new office delivers. The old office was no longer fit for purpose and we should see an immediate benefit as our officers are able to advantage of this facility.”
Chief Constable McKerracher said: “I am delighted to see the new office opening, which helps reinforce our policy of bringing local policing to our communities. Most importantly, it will serve both the force and Buckie area well for years to come.”
The new station was also welcomed by Angus Robertson, the SNP MP for Moray. He said: “The investment by Grampian Police in new police facilities for Buckie is very welcome and demonstrates a strong commitment to local policing. In Government in Scotland the SNP has worked hard to ensure that frontline police numbers have increased and that the levels remain high. As a result crime is at its lowest level in decades and I know from my own mailbag that there are fewer issues being raised about criminality in our local communities.
“As we move into a new era of policing in Scotland with a single force we are working from a very strong base of dedicated policemen and women and infrastructure investment such as Buckie’s new police office backs up their efforts.”
Gordon McDonald, the local Moray councillor, said: “The new police station was sorely needed, as their old facility was no longer fit for purpose for modern-day policing. Hopefully the facility can be used not just by the police but for other community activities to encourage the sharing of tight public resources and closer working on cross-agency issues.”