The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC, today pledged support from COPFS for the I am Me/Keep Safe Project.
The Keep Safe initiative works with Police Scotland and COPFS and a network of businesses such as shops, libraries and cafes who have agreed to make their premises a safe haven for people to go if they feel frightened, distressed or are the victim of crime when out in the community.
The participants carry a card with contact details and if they enter a Keep Safe premises, staff will make them feel safe and help them to contact someone to assist them. The scheme is primarily focused on people with learning difficulties but is open to all people who feel vulnerable. The aim is to ensure that people can enjoy ordinary day to day life and activities free from the fear of abuse or intimidation. Speaking on signing up to the initiative at the Procurator Fiscal’s Office in Hamilton the Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said: “Sometimes vulnerable members of society can become targets for hatred and harassment which can make them feel intimidated, scared and frightened to go out.
“This is totally unacceptable as everyone has the right to feel safe when they are out and about in the community.
“As well as having a zero-tolerance approach to those who would carry out this type of behaviour we believe it is also vital that victims have the reassurance of knowing they have a safe haven if they need one.
“I am proud that COPFS is part of this important and much needed initiative and look forward to seeing it rolled out across Scotland in 2016”.
1. Initially the PF Office at Hamilton will be the first to provide this service on behalf of COPFS and in 2016 we would be looking to extend this to all our offices throughout Scotland.” 2.Further information on the project can be obtained from http://www.iammescotland.co.uk/keep-safe-areas/