Award for partnership working in Renfrewshire

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A multi-agency partnership has been recognised for its work in local communities.

Hub AwardThe Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and its partners have received an award for their innovative approach towards improving community safety in Renfrewshire.

The Community Safety Partnership Hub is a collaboration between the emergency service, Renfrewshire Council and Police Scotland.

Set-up in September 2015, the Partnership meets within the Hub building on Mill Street, Paisley, where they share best working practices to intervene early in issues that affect local communities such as antisocial behaviour, crime and fire-raising.

This allows problems to be addressed before they become a major issue and reach positive outcomes to ensure the safety of residents.

At a recent award ceremony held in Paisley Town Hall the Partnership received the Chief Executive Organisational Award for Partnership Working.

Afterwards, John Mitchell, the Local Area Liaison Officer for the SFRS praised team for their hard work.

He said: “Protecting the most vulnerable in our communities remains one of our key priorities and through the Hub we are able work more closely with our partners to make our communities safer places to live, work and visit.

“By sharing our skills and experiences way are better placed to prevent issues that can cause tremendous distress to residents, such as anti-social behaviour and fire-raising.

“This award recognises the benefits of taking this collaborative approach and I’m confident we will continue to improve communities throughout Renfrewshire.”

Chief Inspector Alison Kennedy who is the Local Area Commander said: "Community Safety is a key priority for Police Scotland, here at Renfrewshire and Inverclyde division our focus is local policing, serving the public and keeping our communities safe.

"We cannot achieve this alone, since the establishment of the Community Safety Partnership Hub in 2015, we have engaged with our key local partners agencies and have worked closely to deliver and maintain an improved service to members of our local communities.

"We have achieved sustainable solutions to many local issues through first class partnership working.

"The Hub allows the partner agencies to meet daily and decide the best approach to tackling local issues. By working closely together in this way we are helping to make Renfrewshire a safer place to live and visit.

"I am delighted that as a team we have been recognised for the continued efforts of all concerned and look forward to the development of our partnership approach."