PC Dave Summers is Tayside Police’s new community officer for the Blairgowrie and Blairgowrie Landward area.
He has been in the police for over 15 years and previously worked at various stations in Dundee and Perth.
PC Summers started out in uniform at the age of 23 before moving into drugs and surveillance for seven years and then returning to uniform police work in 2010.
Following a spell as acting sergeant he was seconded to the public protection unit before taking up his most recent post in Blairgowrie.
Based at Blairgowrie Police Station in Ericht Lane, PC Summers will look after the area around Blairgowrie and Rattray including Alyth, Balbeggie, Bridge of Cally and up to Kirkmichael, Burrelton, Caputh, Coupar Angus, Guildtown, Kettins, Meigle, Spittalfield and Wolfhill.
His responsibilities as community officer will be broadly similar to that of his predecessor PC Louise Turner, specifically fostering close links with the community and liaising with schools, community councils and other local service providers.
He has already been working with the schools at the community campus on the ongoing parking issues, has taken on the Pubwatch scheme and is working with the Multi-Ethnic Access Development Group to ensure that the migrant worker population in East Perthshire is integrated into the community as fully as possible.
Speaking to the Blairie about his new role, dad-of-three PC Summers, said: “I will be dealing with the usual community issues such as neighbourhood complaints as well as working on various high profile community initiatives such as the operation we carried out at the Gig nightclub a few weekends ago. I will also be working closely with youth groups such as SCYD.
“I have worked in East Perthshire before providing cover for other officers and although I am new to community policing I have a lot of experience in uniform that I can bring to this role.
“I am aware that there are some concerns in the community about the high turnover of staff but I hope to able to provide some continuity and stability in the area.
“If anyone has any concerns about any issues then they can contact me through the station on a confidential basis.”