Crimes of violence and disorder across the Lothians and Borders fell in the first year of the new Scottish police force, it has been revealed.
The solvency rate for hate crime increased, with more members of the public coming forward to report hate offences.
Local officers regularly carried out stop and search activity to seize items that may present a risk to the public.
The number of positive searches increased over the past 12 months and large quantities of knives, drugs and stolen property were recovered.
Chief Superintendent Gill Imery, the divisional commander, said: “Our commitment to local policing remains unchanged and the communities have continued to see local officers dealing with local problems throughout this period of transition.”
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