Additional officers for anti-violence initiative

Additional patrols were 'on the beat' in Fraserburgh last Friday.
Additional patrols were 'on the beat' in Fraserburgh last Friday.

Additional officers were ‘on the beat’ in Aberdeenshire last Friday as part of Police Scotland’s national ‘Campaign Against Violence’ (CAV) initiative.

An additional eight officers were deployed on the beat in Fraserburgh and in surrounding villages on April 26 and were assisted by officers from the Banff and Buchan East Community Policing Team as well as a police dog and handler and Special Constables.

The additional officers carried out patrols, targeting areas that are known to suffer from anti-social behaviour problems and they also carried out licenced premises checks. In total, 17 people were stopped with one person to be reported to the Procurator Fiscal for being in possession of Class B controlled drugs and two people charged in relation to street drinking and urinating in a public place.

Banff and Buchan East Community Policing Inspector, Alan Brown said: “I welcome the opportunity to have additional officers on the beat in my area and to reassure the local community that we are committed to keeping people safe. It is important to us to address issues such as alcohol fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour that impact on the quality of life of residents. On this occasion, the use of a police dog working with these extra officers added a different dimension to the operation and is something I will consider again in the future.

“This is the second time I have been able to deploy additional staffing within Fraserburgh since we moved to Police Scotland and I hope it provides some reassurance to the Fraserburgh pubic that moving to a single Scottish police service carries positive rewards for local communities.”

PC Richard Cooper who oversaw the operation said: “The operation was a huge success with the additional staffing allowing us to carry out direct and intelligence led patrols in the Fraserburgh area.”