Police in Aberdeenshire launch the festive strand of Operation Sandside their ongoing partnership initiative to tackle violence-related crimes across the North East tonight.
The operation will see extra high-visibility patrols in towns and villages across the region, with officers working closely with partner organisations to proactively reduce incidents of violence and anti-social behaviour. There will also be dedicated teams of officers targeting outstanding offenders and those wanted on warrant.
The festive strand of Operation Sandside will run from Friday 4 December into the early part of January.
Officers recently took part in a week of action over the Halloween period, which saw the arrest of 10 persons wanted on warrant and the clearance of almost 70 cases of assault.
Working alongside several partner agencies including Aberdeenshire Council, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Street Pastors, and NHS Grampian the campaign will see Police Officers dedicated to patrolling crime hot spots providing public reassurance and adopting a robust approach in the prevention and investigation of violent crime.
Inspector Rob Sturton, from the Divisional Violence Reduction Unit, said
Operation Sandside has been highly successful in tackling violence in Aberdeenshire and ensuring that we maintain our status as one of the safest places to live in the country. We are committed to keeping people safe and building on the work that has been done with our partner agencies to ensure a safe and secure environment for residents and visitors to enjoy.
We are also 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 to everyone is clear; we want you to enjoy yourselves but to do so in a safe and responsible manner.
We will make sure that the very small minority do not have the opportunity to spoil things for the majority who wish to go out and enjoy the festive experience in the towns and villages across our area. Simple things like planning how you are going to get home in advance, being aware of how much alcohol you are drinking and looking after your valuables can help keep you safe at the busiest time of the year.
This aspect of Operation Sandside is funded by Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership.
Douglas Milne, Chair of the Community Safety Partnership said
The co-ordinated approach used in Operation Sandside has proved very successful and we hope to create a safe environment for people to be able to go out and enjoy the festivities without encountering antisocial behaviour.
Another key contributor to the campaign, Keith Simpson, Senior Licensing Standards Officer for Aberdeenshire Council, said
Operation Sandside is about each of the partners working together to make the festive period as safe and as enjoyable as possible for all