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Annual Seminar 2007 and
Community Safety Awards 2006-07











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Around 60 people attended the seventh Annual Community Safety Seminar held by Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership at Kemnay Church Centre, Kemnay on Saturday 31 March 2007.

During the seminar the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Awards for 2006-2007, sponsored by Glenvarigill Company Limited, Aberdeen, were presented.
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The photographs below show some of the presentations and awards.

The Welcome and Keynote Address.
Willie Munro, the chairman of the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership Steering Group, opens the seminar
William Munro, Kincardine and Mearns Area Manager with Aberdeenshire Council, chaired the event. Mr Munro is also Chair of the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership.
Assistant Chief Constable John McNab of Grampian Police gives the Keynote Address
The keynote address was delivered by Assistant Chief Constable John McNab of Grampian Police who spoke of policing demand and public concerns and how that affected the policing priorities. He also spoke of how the National Intelligence Model was being applied in Grampian.
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Three breakout sessions were held.

Credit Card/Identity Fraud

Brian Miller, APACS.

Brian Miller, APACS provides information on how to avoid credit card and identity fraud

Brian Miller of the Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) provides presentations throughout the UK on credit card awareness and identity fraud. He described the various organisations behind credit card fraud and how retailers could identify cloned cards through various security checks on the cards themselves and emphasised that retailers should insist on handle credit cards to confirm their authenticity. He also advised on how to avoid credit cards copying and the simple precautions that ordinary folk should take to avoid identity theft.



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Doorstep Crime/Distraction Burglary

Brian Steele, Retired Detective Chief Superintendant
Brian Steele describes a number of methods used to gain access to property

Mr Steele investigated the murder of an 82-year-old lady who lived alone and was found battered to death in the kitchen of her own home. The persons responsible were never detected but it is believed that she was the victim of a series of doorstep crimes committed by professional criminals. He was subsequently commissioned by the Home Office to undertake research to formulate co-ordinated, multi-agency plans to prevent and detect all forms of doorstep crime.

He gave those attending this session the benefit of his experience in how individuals could prevent themselves from becoming the victims of doorstep crime. The crimals involved most often target old folk living alone.

Junior Road Safety Officers

Lorna Robertson, Road Safety Advisor, Grampian Police.
Lorna Robertson with Shannon and Chloe of Kemnay Primary

Lorna Robertson is a Road Safety Advisor working in the Road Safety Unit of Grampian Police. She covers the Central Aberdeenshire area delivering road safety information. Lorna's main target audience is in Primary Schools although she also works in secondary schools and liases with many other profesional bodies.

With the help of Shannon and Chloe of Kemnay Primary School, she described the role of Junior Road Safety Officers which is taken by senior primary pupils who spread the road safety message among all ages of pupils at their schools.

Three safety awards (one winner and two runners up) were presented by Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill Honda in Aberdeen.

Winner - £300 plus trophy

Collieston Action for Teens

Members of the Collieston Action for teens team with Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill

The first prize of £300 and a specially designed award was won by Collieston Action for Teens for a project which involved the young people of Collieston running a café in the local community centre during the school holidays which provided a service for the local community as well as creative and beneficial employment for the young people of the area.

Laura Junor and Laura Penny accept the award from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill.

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Runners-up £100 plus Certificate

"Doggy Doo" Campaign

Members of the Hatton Area Residents Association receive a Runners-up Award from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill

One runner-up prize of £100 was awarded to Hatton Area Residents Association for their "Doggy Doo" campaign to reduce the problem of dog fouling in their area by actively encouraging responsible action by dog owners.

Bruce Curtis, Alison Shearer and Tony Beacom accept the award from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill.

Runners-up £100 plus Certificate

Hot Chocolate Group

The organisers of the Hot Chocolate group receive a Runners-up Award from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill

This project was begun in order to get safety information and training delivered to young drivers in Inverurie.

The project developed into a regular weekly evening gathering at a venue in Inverurie with the youth workers involved serving hot drinks and biscuits to those that gathered. The project has proved a great success and has resulted in many training days and events.

Janet Styles and Bev Sprott accept the award from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill.

Four Community Safety Commendations and the Volunteer of the Year were presented by Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill, Aberdeen.

Commendation 1

Banff Academy's Global Rock Challenge

Members of the Banff Academy Global Rock Challenge receive a Certificate of Commendation from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill on behalf of the Education Tactical and Tasking Group

"Drive Fast, Die Young" was the theme of Banff Academy's Global Rock entry and involved a show written, designed and performed by 35 students. The performance gained "Best Student Leadership and Choreography" at the final event in Aberdeen and has been highly thought of and supported within the community.

Nicola Day and Sarah Ord accept the award from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill.

Commendation 2

Jill Delday

Jill Delday receives a Certificate of Commendation from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill

Jill was awarded a commendation for her excellent article produced and published in the Turriff Advertiser after her attendance at the "Safe Drive Stay Alive" event which was produced by the Community Safety Partnership for 5th year pupils of all Schools in Grampian in November.

Commendation 3

Education Tactical and Tasking Group

x and PC Craig Ferguson receive a Certificate of Commendation from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill on behalf of the Education Tactical and Tasking Group

This Group, which is a partnership between Aberdeenshire Council Education Service and Grampian Police Crime Reduction Unit, has successfully worked towards significantly reducing the instances of vandalism and fire raising in and around the schools of Aberdeenshire. This is a partnership which is being hailed as a success and now being replicated in other parts of the country.

The award was presented to Ian Stephen from Aberdeenshire Council Education Service and PC Craig Kennedy of the Grampian Police Crime Reduction Unit.

Commendation 4

PC David Howieson and PC Shona Grimmer

Sergeant John Main receives a Certificate of Commendation from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill on behalf of PC David Howieson and PC Shona Grimmer

A commendation is given to these two officers who have both been working in a variety of projects to address issues of vandalism and antisocial behaviour in Portlethen which has resulted in a 23% reduction in recorded vandalism and a similar reduction in calls from members of the public in relation to youth annoyance and underage drinking.

The award was collected on their behalf by Sergeant John Main of Grampian Police.

Commendation 4 (continued)

PC David Howieson and PC Shona Grimmer

PC David Howieson and PC Shona Grimmer

PC David Howieson and PC Shona Grimmer were unable to attend the award ceremony.

Volunteer of the year

Harry Bannerman

Harry bannerman receives a the Volunteer of the Year Award from Keith Johnston of Glenvarigill on behalf of the Education Tactical and Tasking Group

Harry Bannerman has come forward to help with a problem of antisocial behaviour involving young people which had been identified in Banchory and volunteered to work with them and introduce them to golf. This initiative involved over 20 young people living in the area in question aged between eight and sixteen years old who were given coaching on Friday evenings from March to May last year. Mr. Bannerman's actions have also encouraged other residents to become involved in working with the local young people.



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