A joint initiative between Stirling Council and Police Scotland has continued to significantly cut offending and improve public safety in the city centre.
Stirling Council staff, Police Scotland, 3rd Party agencies work together for Steadfast Summer initiative

Operation Steadfast Summer ran for seven days a week from 28 June until 18 August, with Police Scotland and Council Officers across various services working in partnership to:

  • Reduce proxy sales of alcohol
  • Reduce crime and antisocial behaviour
  • Improve community safety
  • Protect children and vulnerable people from harm
  • Enhance the quality of life of people living in and visiting Stirling.

This collaborative project saw a 14 per cent drop in offences compared to the same period last year, when Steadfast Summer was first rolled out to great success.

Phase one of Steadfast Summer in 2018 had resulted in a reduction of victim reported crime, violent crime and theft by shoplifting and a huge increase in pro-active police captures.

These achievements led to versions of the initiative during Freshers’ Week, the festive season and the 2019 Easter Holidays, and the expansion of the scheme to cover the entire city centre this summer.

Plans are now in place for Steadfast to operate again during Freshers’ Week in September and throughout the festive period.

Safe and secure

Speaking after last week’s (Aug 22) meeting of Stirling Council’s Public Safety Committee, Convener of the Committee, Cllr Maureen Bennison said: “It’s encouraging to see Operation Steadfast continue to achieve success after its expansion to cover the entire city centre.

“While these positive figures are welcome, it simply reaffirms our determination to tackle anti-social behaviour and other criminal activity so residents and visitors to our beautiful city feel safe and secure.”

Positive partnership

Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Chris Kane said: “Operation Steadfast’s latest successes show the benefits of this positive partnership between the Council, Police Scotland and other agencies.

“Through this close collaboration and targeted approach, we are continuing to strive to ensure Stirling is a safe and welcoming place to live, work and visit.”

Reducing crime

Chief Inspector Gill Marshall, Local Area Commander for Stirling, said: "What Operation Steadfast continues to demonstrate is the significant benefit our collaborative work with Stirling Council has in reducing crime within the city centre during periods of increased footfall.

"I would like to thank the officers and partners who worked so diligently and professionally to make this summer's initiative a success and we now look forward to rolling out the next phase of Operation Steadfast for the Freshers arriving at Stirling University and then again during the festive period."

Continuing the work 

Andrew Mitchell, Chair of Go Forth Stirling, said: "One of Go Forth Stirling's key aims is a safer city centre; one where businesses, residents and visitors can enjoy Stirling in a welcoming and non-threatening environment.

“Operation Steadfast plays a key part in this and it’s encouraging that Steadfast will operate again at Freshers’ Week and over Christmas. We look forward to continuing the work with Police Scotland and other partners to build a safe city centre right across our Business Improvement District, from the top of the town to Upper Craigs."

Picture details:

Pictured next to the Mobile Police Unit on Friar Street, Stirling, are: officers from Police Scotland, Stirling Council Officers; Mags Fenner, Interim Project Manager at Go Forth Stirling (third from left); Kevin Moore, Director at Go Forth Stirling (fourth from left); a representative from Stirling Street Pastors; Stirling Council Depute Leader, Cllr Danny Gibson (third from right); Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer (fourth from right).