Dedicated Partnership To Police City Centre


An innovative new project will see businesses in Edinburgh city centre working closely with Police Scotland in a new partnership.

Essential Edinburgh has secured an agreement to create a new position, with an officer appointed to act as a dedicated liaison to work within the Business Improvement District and help enhance the community policing effort in the centre of the Capital.

PC Leo Baker is the first BID Cop.

The project builds on the close working between Essential Edinburgh and the Police, which has seen the creation and implementation of hugely successful initiatives to tackle retail crime, hotel fraud, and afford greater protection for the city’s jewellers.

Roddy Smith, Chief Executive of Essential Edinburgh, said:

“PC Baker will be a fantastic next phase in the partnership and further enhance the benefits of Police Scotland and Essential Edinburgh working together.

“He will liaise directly with our retailers, leisure operators and office-based businesses to be a first point of contact for them, offer advice and support across all policing issues, and be a reassuring presence on the streets of our city centre,”

Inspector David Robertson added: “Police Scotland has developed a very positive relationship with Essential Edinburgh, and this is the next step in the partnership.

“The programmes we have developed to date have seen improvements in the prevention of retail crime and hotel fraud, and we now plan to support the city centre’s jewellers to work closely together to tackle crime.

“PC Baker will take our engagement with the city centre’s businesses up a level, and that can only be a very positive thing.”

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