North-east raids in violence clampdown

a number of officers carried out targeted patrols in Mintlaw, Peterhead and Inverurie as part of Police Scotland’s ‘Campaign Against Violence’ (CAV) initiative recently.

The Campaign Against Violence initiative, launched by Police Scotland command, allows officers who perform back office roles to be deployed on the beat and the campaign is used to target anti-social behaviour and alcohol fuelled violence.

In total there were 23 additional officers deployed across the Aberdeenshire and Moray Division.

In Peterhead and Mintlaw, several warrants were executed in relation to controlled drugs. Pro-active work with drug users, under the umbrella of Operation Hotspur, was also carried out jointly between Police Scotland and the Substance Misuse Service.

In Inverurie, the additional officers carried out foot patrols and conducted licensed premises checks as well as targeting areas that are known to suffer from anti-social behaviour problems.

Sergeant Pauline Adam said: “The Campaign Against Violence is a new initiative launched by Police Scotland throughout the country, whereby officers are deployed to cover specific community issues.

“This is an on-going initiative which will continue on various dates and in different locations throughout the Aberdeenshire and Moray Division. These officers will be used to target hotspots and so far, have been well received within the communities in which they have operated. This work is part of Police Scotland’s strategy of keeping people safe.”

Aberdeenshire Division Local Area (North) Commander, Chief inspector Derek Hiley said: “I am delighted to see the increase in resource deployed in my area to target specific issues which matter to our community.

“In this instance, the officers on Friday joined local officers to form one united team and successfully executed four Drug Search Warrants, aimed at recovering illegal drugs and to target those involved in the sale and supply.

“This initial approach shows just how committed Police Scotland is in keeping people safe.”