Officers from Police Scotland delivered an update to councillors at a meeting of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee on Tuesday.
Chief Inspector Elaine Logue and Chief Superintendent Mark McLarn highlighted a number of issues, including the potential merger of the Moray and Aberdeenshire Police division with the Aberdeen City division. The officers said Police Scotland was still consulting on merger proposals but said that changes could take effect as early as April 1, to coincide with the start of the business year.
However, Chief Superintendent McLaren was keen to stress that local communities would be unlikely to see a great deal of visible change, adding that there was nothing to suggest Police numbers would come down as a result of any changes.
Councillor Brian Topping said he welcomed the update very much, a sentiment which was echoed by Councillor Charles Buchan. Councillor Buchan also said he wished to put on record his thanks to Inspector Stewart Drummond after working with him recently on the issue of parking outside Southpark School.
A spokesperson for Police Scotland told the Herald that consultation on the proposed merger of Police divisions was expected to come to an end in the next two to three weeks.