A joint-agency campaign to keep the public safe in Stirling city centre has returned for the festive period.
Launch of Operation Festive Steadfast

Operation Steadfast has been launched once again to deter criminal activity, offer personal safety and crime prevention advice to the public and ensure those enjoying the night time economy get home safely.

The initiative, which is run by Police Scotland and Stirling Council with the support of Go Forth Stirling, has been rolled out over the past couple of years during the summer months, Christmas and New Year and during Freshers Week.

During Operation Steadfast both organisations will maintain a high-visibility presence in the city centre and will be supported by Street Pastor colleagues, who provide a vital service in looking out for anyone who finds themselves in a vulnerable situation while on a night out.

Anyone wishing to speak with police to obtain safety information or report an incident can visit the mobile police station, which will be located in Port Street during the day and then in Friars Street in the evenings. Alternatively, the public can also dial 101 in non-emergency situations, and 999 in the event of an ongoing emergency.

Tried and tested collaboration

Chief Inspector Gill Marshall, Local Area Commander for Stirling, said: "Operation Steadfast is a tried and tested collaboration between ourselves and Stirling Council and has proved extremely successful over the past couple of years in maintaining public safety and minimising incidents of crime and disorder within our city centre.

"Stirlingshire at Christmas is an amazing place to be and many within our communities will visit the city-centre over the festive period to shop, socialise and enjoy the night-time economy.

 "As such, it's really important that we, along with our partners, have a visible presence to deter criminal activity, assist anyone in need and provide a range of useful advice on personal safety and crime prevention.

"While our officers will be out on regular patrols, we will be joined by colleagues from Stirling Council, and of course, the Street Pastors, who play a vital role in ensuring anyone in a vulnerable state gets home safe.

 "On behalf of everyone involved with Operation Steadfast, I want to wish the Stirling communities a very Merry Christmas."

Safe and secure environment

Stuart Oliver, Senior Manager for Economic Development and Communities at Stirling Council, said: “Stirling well and truly has its festive sparkle, and we are looking forward to welcoming residents and visitors to the city for our jam-packed Winter Festival of events and activities, or to carry out their Christmas shopping.

“Striving to ensure everyone can enjoy the busy festive period in a safe and secure environment is our priority, including our important businesses and traders.”

“This is why we are thrilled to be launching the latest instalment of Operation Steadfast, a collaborative initiative with Police Scotland which has a proven track record in reducing crime in the city during busy times of year.

“Steadfast has shown the benefits of pulling resources together, and officers from a variety of Stirling Council services will be carrying our regular patrols with Police Scotland officers and other agencies.

“This will is one of number schemes we will be rolling out to help keep people safe in Stirling over the festive period, which we will be highlighting to the public as we head into December.”

Provide a reassurance

Danielle McRorie-Smith Chair of Go Forth Stirling and Stirling’s Pubwatch added: “Stirling is a wonderful city and a great place to come and enjoy the seasonal festivities. We’re delighted to be once again working with Police Scotland and Stirling Council to provide a reassurance through Operation Steadfast that Stirling is a safe environment for shoppers and revellers.”

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Pictured are Stirling Council Officers from Economic Development and Communities, Safer Communities, Safe Base and the Youth Team, along with Officers from Police Scotland and Danielle McRorie-Smith, Chair of Go Forth Stirling.