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Annual Seminar 2008 and
Community Safety Awards 2007-08
12 April, 2008

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The Seminar.

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More than 60 people attended the eighth Annual Community Safety Seminar and Community Safety Awards 2007-08 held by Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership at Kemnay Church Centre on Saturday, 12 April, 2008.

The seminar included workshop sessions on road traffic collision investigation, counter terrorism security and community service schemes. Several partner agencies were represented at the event including Grampian Police, Aberdeenshire Council and Grampian Fire & Rescue Service.

The Welcome and Keynote Address.

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William Munro, Kincardine and Mearns Area Manager with Aberdeenshire Council, chaired the event. Mr Munro is also Chair of the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership.

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The keynote address was delivered by Provost Bill Howatson of Aberdeenshire Council who spoke of how the voluntary work of the local Community Safety Groups was appreciated and how important to the area it was to have people feel safe in their own communities.

The Community Safety Awards.

Community Safety Award Winner

Willie Munro presents the first prize of £300 and a specially designed award to Marcus Jaffray of the Banchory Lodge Hotel for his rescue of a young girl from the river Dee in May, 2007 after she got into difficulties while using an improvised raft.

Community Safety Award Runner-Up

The runner up prize of £100 was awarded to "Roll-it Productions" of Peterhead which is a small group of young people who have produced a short DVD on the subject of dangerous driving and plan to promote this to youth groups throughout the area.

The Breakout Sessions.

Road Traffic Collision Investigation

Marco Venturini, Collision Investigation Manager, Grampian Police.

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Marco Venturini retired from Grampian Police in 2005 after 30 years service. Following his retirement and for a period of five months, he worked as a consultant Collision Investigator. Subsequently, he was re-employed by Grampian Police as Civilian Investigator on the Collision Investigation Courses held at the scottish Police College.

Marco presented a fascinating and detailed explanation of how the Collision Investigation Unit of Grampian Police goes about the investigation of road traffic collisions.

Tyre marks, bodywork damage, paint scrapes, dropped oil or coolant and burn marks on seat belts are only a few of the clues he uses to determine vehicles involved, direction and speed of travel and whether the occupants of cars were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision, for example.

Counter Terrorism Security

Inspector David Nicoll, Counter Terrorism Security Advisor, Grampian Police.

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David Nicoll was appointed as Counter Terrorism Security Advisor in October 2004 and now heads up the Energy and Protective Security Unit of Grampian Police. The aim of the Unit is:

"The provision of excellent services to our customers in relation to offshore emergency response, protective security advice and counter terrorism contingency planning."

While pointing out that Aberdeenshire is a very safe place to live, David indicated the nature of the work undertaken by the Unit in relation to offshore and onshore oil installations. He also gave pointers towards ways in which Community Safety Groups and members of the public could assist the Unit if they witnessed unusual or suspiscious behaviour around sensitive locations.

The Unit can be contacted as follows:

Community Service Scheme

Fiona Westland, Team Manager, Criminal Justice Service, Aberdeenshire Council.

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John Clark, Michele Clark & Dorothy Davidson

Fiona has been working in her current post since 1996, managing both a generic fieldwork team as well as overseeing the Community Service scheme.

Aberdeenshire Criminal Justice Social Work staff supervise offenders who are subject to Community Service Orders. Community Service Orders are an alternative to a custodial sentence given directly by the Criminal Courts.

Within the scheme, work parties (for up to five offenders) are supervised and individual placements are arranged where other agencies supervise on behalf of the scheme, e.g. day centres for those with learning difficulties, homes for the elderly and charity shops.

Numerous charities and voluntary organisations successfully work with the service, benefiting from the skills, experience and hours that are provided. Additionally, the contribution of the scheme has a positive impact on the individual and on the organisations and communities they help.

The Community Service scheme can contribute towards community projects by providing manual help with the maintenance of footpaths, parks, gardening, painting, fencing, working in charity shops and many more ways. Although it provides labour it cannot provide materials, although it does have basic tools. It must also be noted that the scheme can only consider projects that would be done by voluntary or unpaid persons.

If you think that the Community Service scheme can assist you please do not hesitate to contact them to discuss how they can contribute to any future projects you may be planning. They will be delighted to hear from you:

Contact either:

  • Mrs Gillian Christie, Projects Officer (South Aberdeenshire), Tel: 01569 767553
  • Mr John Clark, Projects Officer (North Aberdeenshire), Tel: 01346 585015

Fiona's presentation was supported by John Clark (Projects Officer, South), Gillian Christie (Projects Officer, North), Michele Clark (Criminal Justice Social Worker) and Dorothy Davidson (Task Supervisor) all of whom gave enthusiatic reports of their positive involvment in the Community Service scheme,

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