Red-coated wardens are to patrol four of Scotland’s most
deprived areas in a bid to tackle crime.
The three-year Scottish executive funded pilots costing
£1.3 million are based on the success of around 200 similar
schemes in England. All four pilot areas – Ferguslie Park,
Foxbar, Shortroods and Johnstone – are in the boundaries of
Renfrewshire council, and the schemes are due to start at the end
Wardens in red uniforms will patrol the streets on foot and car
in an effort to tackle drug dealing and persistent offending in
particular. Staff are managed by Renfrewshire council, but have
been trained by Strathclyde Police. Similar schemes are being
considered for various areas in Glasgow and Edinburgh.