Police are about to launch a clampdown on drink and drug abuse in Inverurie.
Over the next three weekends officers from the Garioch community policing team, along with Aberdeenshire Council staff, will be monitoring nightlife in the town.
The operation is aimed at lending assistance to those wanting a long-term solution to misuse problems.
Staff from the council’s substance misuse service will accompany police on their routine patrols over the coming weekends.
They will be on hand to offer guidance and referrals to anyone dealing with addiction difficulties.
Inspector Jon Millar, from the Garioch community policing team, said: “Police Scotland is committed to assisting our local licensed premises and managing the night-time economy throughout our towns and villages. “This is not just about charging and dealing with individuals, but about offering help to those with a problem who are looking to get on the right track.
“We are proud of our work with partners, such as Aberdeenshire Council, and will continue to strive for a violence and drug-free environment across all of our communities.”
The initiative has been welcomed locally.
Inverurie and District Councillor Richard Cowling said: “As we approach the festive season and the winter cold starts to have its effects, anyone that is under the influence of drugs or alcohol and possibly wearing inappropriate clothing could become affected and in danger.
“The other unfortunate side is the trouble and vandalism that can occur with the excess of alcohol.
“Drugs and anyone dealing these deserves the full weight of the law when caught.”