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Police Scotland appeal for new recruits

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Police Scotland is searching for new recruits in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Aspiring police officers have to be over 18 years old, physically fit, and have the right attitude.

In return, the force says they'll learn new skills, and make a real difference to their communities.

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Thirteen Christmas drink-drivers caught in D&G

Credit: Press Association

Thirteen motorists were caught under the influence of drink or drugs in Dumfries & Galloway over the Christmas season.

Across Scotland 3.3% of drivers stopped between 2nd December and 2nd January were found to be over the limit - a rise from the 2.8% for the same period last year.

Given the publicity that is given to drink-driving every year, it beggars belief that people still put the lives of others and themselves at risk by drink or drug driving on our roads.

Road policing officers have had a presence in all six regions in the West of Scotland over the campaign period to detect those who insist on displaying such selfish behaviour and risking the safety of other road users.

While the drink-drive campaign is over, road safety remains a priority for us and we will continue to patrol road to detect anyone who flouts the law.

– Chief Inspector David McKenzie, Police Scotland

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Public urged to have say on possible police closures

Dalbeattie Police Station. Credit: ITV Border

Police Scotland is urging the public to give their views on proposals to change the use of police buildings in Dumfries and Galloway, which could see a number of stations being closed.

The force is carrying out a consultation as part of its Estates Review, which aims to streamline services.

The review has found that eight stations: Whithorn, Dalry, Kirkcudbright, Dalbeattie, Moffat, Gretna, Thornhill and Langholm, could all be closed.

In a statement released today, Police Scotland say no decisions have yet been taken, and that they are working with local authorities, politicians and people to "deliver an even better service".

Chief Superintendent Gary Ritchie says some of the force's buildings no longer "fit the demands of 2016 and beyond".

He is urging the public to list their views on this online survey.

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