The Community Safety Partnership co-ordinates a number of activities designed to improve community safety in East Ayrshire.
This is an experiential learning event that takes place annually at Dean Castle Country Park. The event - supported by Strathclyde Police, Strathclyde Fire and Rescue, East Ayrshire Council, Stagecoach and Visions Leisure Centre, Cumnock - is attended by primary six pupils from all East Ayrshire schools. There are a number of scenarios that deal with everyday issues facing young people today, such as:
- safety on the internet
- cycle and road safety
- safety in the countryside
- fire safety
- respect for our surroundings
- safety in and around water
- home safety
Safer streets initiative
As part of the Scottish Government’s Safer Streets Initiative, East Ayrshire Community Safety Partnership proactively promotes the safer streets messages and activities to local communities over the festive period.
A series of late-night weekend initiatives ensures that evening visitors in Kilmarnock town centre feel safe and are able to have a trouble-free journey home.
A designated safe zone is set in the area around Foregate Square and the taxi rank. Taxi marshalls are employed to keep good order and ensure that queues move quickly. A manned mobile police office in the safe zone and additional police officers on high-visibility patrol reassure the public. Regular visits to licensed premises within the town centre also take place.
Home safety systems
This is a scheme set up to ensure that our most vulnerable residents can live safely in their own homes. Referrals can be made through social services, health services, the Police and victim support to provide tenants with door cameras.
Security for victims of domestic abuse
A scheme was set up in 2009 to provide victims of domestic abuse with alarms that could be used whenever they felt threatened. Alarms are monitored by the Council's Risk Management Centre and have a direct line to the Police. The call is treated as urgent and Police will attend immediately. Victims can be referred through Strathclyde Police and Women's Aid.