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Dumfries and Galloway police force performance analysed

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Image caption The report analyses the performance of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary in a range of areas

The performance of police in Dumfries and Galloway has been analysed with the official publication of the force's annual report.

The document - which shows an across-the-board drop in crime - has gone before a council committee.

The police performance report was presented to councillors by Chief Constable Pat Shearer.

The publication includes figures which reveal a 13% drop in crime when compared with the three-year average.

Most of the statistics had already been widely published, but have now been examined by police committee members.

All seven main categories of reported crime have decreased although a slight rise in drugs supply offences has been recorded.

The report also shows that the local constabulary solves almost two out of three crimes and enjoys a high public satisfaction rating.

The force said having strong links with local communities had been a key factor in helping to drive down crime.

A significant drop in the number of people killed or seriously injured on the region's roads has also been reported.

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