Three ‘Community Surgery’ style events have been planned in the Formartine area to allow residents greater access to the police officers serving the area.
The surgeries will offer an opportunity for residents to raise any issues or concerns they have but are not intended to be for reporting crime.
It is intended that the three-hour long drop in events will be held on a quarterly basis at easy to access venues in in the community.
Formartine Inspector Andy Scott said: “The events have been planned in partnership with local councillors and community councils.
"While I acknowledge there are already accessible means in which the public can contact us, many people often do not want to attend Police Stations or Council Offices and are not comfortable using social media platforms, which carry a wealth of information. It is often these individuals who form the majority of our most vulnerable citizens and we are hoping that these events will encourage them to come along and address the most relevant agency with their concerns.
“It is a simple concept and for the first series of surgeries, I intend on leading the Police presence myself. I will be joined at each event by at least one of the locally elected representatives, a member of the Aberdeenshire Council Roads Team and a member of the Aberdeen Drug and Alcohol partnership. It won’t be a crime reporting event, more to discuss any concerns around antisocial behaviour and wider crime concerns.”
An event for those in the Ellon and District ward will be held on Friday, March 1 at the Ellon Academy Community Campus from 3-6pm.
A surgery event for the Mid Formartine ward will be held on Wednesday, March 13 at Oldmeldrum Academy from 3-6pm, while a third and final surgery event will be held for those in the Turriff and District ward on Friday, March 15 at Turriff Primary School from 3-6pm.