Police in Formartine are implementing a new scheme to allow officers more time to engage with members of the public.
The 'Community Drop In' initiative has been set up by Sergeant Andy Sawers of the Formartine Community Policing Team, who has been actively seeking better ways to ensure residents in the area have the opportunity to speak with their local officers.
When on calls or on routine patrols, officers will be spending extra time dropping in past local schools, shops, businesses or public buildings.
It is believed that this initiative will be welcomed by the local community as a positive step towards engagement and assist in the prevention and detection of crime.
Sergeant Sawers said: "This goes back to good old fashioned policing, where members of the public and local police are able to speak face-to-face and address local problems. Not everyone is on social media or even reads a newspaper every week, so it is hoped that this will further improve the positive links we currently have with our community in Formartine.
"I will be looking for the local officers to engage with the public from all backgrounds whenever they get the opportunity. This could be in cafes, restaurants, public libraries, shops or waiting at a bus stop. I want our officers to be approachable, as early discussions about any issues can assist us with early resolutions."
Constable Raegan Gilbertson of the Formartine Community Policing Team added: "This is a great addition to our local policing approach. We are all very busy, but spending even five minutes talking to someone who we may never normally speak to could potentially give us vital information to assist in the detection of crime. In turn, we can update them on what we are doing locally and I can only see that as a positive."
Councillor Isobel Davidson, Chair of the Formartine Area Committee said: “This is an excellent initiative and will ensure that our local Police Officers are visible and in direct contact with members of the public. I look forward to meeting them out and about."