Tayside Police carried out a high profile patrol at the The Gig nightclub in Blairgowrie last weekend, working alongside management and door stewards at the club.
The operation detected no incidents of drug abuse or underage drinking in Blairgowrie’s only nightclub. There were also no incidents of anti-social behaviour reported to the police.
New community police officer for Blairgowrie, PC Dave Summers, said: “Along with door stewards at The Gig nightclub in Blair we carried out a patrol at the premises, specifically to ensure all persons who appear to be under 25 years old are checked for identification and to help prevent any incidents of anti-social behaviour and drug abuse.
“Licensee Hazel Stewart at The Gig has recently employed new Security Industry Authority registered door stewards in an attempt to prevent any of the above issues arising and we wanted to show support for this by working alongside the door stewards for the night to get the message across to patrons and local residents that underage drinking, drug abuse and anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.
“We had a highly visible police presence, including a passive drugs dog, and assisted staff at The Gig in ensuring no under age persons entered the premises. There were no incidents of drug abuse detected and no rowdiness reported to police either.
“I was impressed that staff at The Gig were active in asking persons for identification in accordance with the Challenge 25 campaign.
“Police in Blairgowrie will continue to work with The Gig and other licensed premises in the area, as well as with Perth and Kinross Council’s licensing department, to maintain a safe environment for persons to enjoy themselves in a responsible manner.”
Councillor Bob Ellis was also there and is fully supportive of the operation at the weekend and the joint approach adopted between police, licensed premises and door stewards.
Speaking to the Blairie, he said: “I was very impressed with the way that police officers and the staff at The Gig went about their business on Saturday evening.
“It just goes to show what working in partnership does in this town and I am sure that the other licensed premises will welcome this approach.
“I was also very satisfied by the way that members of the public took to this very important exercise and were more than happy to cooperate.
“I have intimated to PC Dave Summers I would be happy to be involved further in this exercise in the future.”