Police launch “Safer Streets” in Inverurie

Police in Aberdeenshire launched their winter festive campaign Safer Streets in Inverurie on Friday, (December 6).

Thursday, 12th December 2013, 6:00 am
Paul Geddes (Scottish Fire and Rescue), Chris Smith (Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership), PC Kevin Fyfe, Keith Simpson (Senior Licensing Standards Officer ), Cllr Ron McKail (Aberdeenshire Community Safety Network), Kenny Gibb (Street Sports Co-ordinator) and Chief Superintendent Mark Mclaren

The operation which started on Friday night will see extra high-visibility patrols across the region with officers clamping down on anti-social behaviour and violence.

A total of 36 additional officers will be taking to the streets during the course of the campaign.

Working alongside several partner agencies including Aberdeenshire Council, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, the Street Pastors, NHS Grampian and Cair Scotland the campaign will see police officers dedicated to foot patrols and adopting a zero tolerance approach.

Patrols will be carried out across the area including in Inverurie, Fraserburgh, Peterhead, Stonehaven, Banff and Banchory.

Local Police Commander for Aberdeenshire and Moray, Chief Superintendent Mark McLaren said: “Aberdeenshire is a fantastic place to live and the many towns offer a vibrant night time economy which we welcome.

“Safer Streets has been a highly successful campaign over the years and we are committed to keeping people safe and building on the work that has been done with our partner agencies to ensure a secure environment for residents to enjoy.

“That is why we will see additional patrols and resources in the area over the festive period.

“We are delighted that our local policing teams will be able to once again work with partners to ensure alcohol related violence and antisocial behaviour is minimised.

“Our message is clear, we want people to enjoy themselves but to do so responsibly.

“We want to ensure that the minority do not get the opportunity to ruin it for those who are looking to go out and enjoy themselves over the festive period.”