Officers in Peterhead are pleased to report that following the first weekend of the festive period there were no arrests as part of Operation Aylesford, and the public enjoyed their weekend responsibly.
Operation Aylesford aims to reduce anti-social behaviour, violence and theft during the festive period and officers were out in the town over the weekend (28/29 November) carrying out high visibility patrols and licensed premises checks to provide reassurance.
Over the weekend over twenty licensed premises were visited and over fifty hours of high visibility foot patrols were completed in and around the town. Officers were joined by Special Constables and supported by Street Pastors and members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Community Substance Misuse Team.
Community Policing Inspector Simon Reid said, “Peterhead is a vibrant and busy town in the lead up to Christmas and we welcome the increase in visitors to the area enjoying the shops and nightlife that are on offer. Operation Aylesford seeks to reassure the public through high visibility policing patrols. During the operation officers will deal robustly with any crime or disorder we identify.
“This weekend was a success with the officers on patrol received well by the public and also staff working at retail sites and licensed premises within Peterhead Town Centre.”
During the course of the operation officers who encounter individuals whose behaviour has been influenced through drink or drugs will be offered opportunity to seek help around this.
Inspector Simon Reid added, “Excessive alcohol use or substance dependency is often found to be a contributing factor in incidents that are attended by officers.
“I’m delighted that members of Aberdeenshire Council’s Substance Misuse Team, who we work very closely with throughout the year in Buchan, are able to play an active part with us helping to break the cycle of offending.
“This approach is a true partnership and offers genuine assistance to the problems these individuals face reducing wider impact on the local community.”
Chair of Buchan Area Committee Councillor Stuart Pratt said: “The festive period is one of celebration however it is important that vulnerable people with issues of substance misuse get the best support available.
“The joint initiative between Police Scotland and the council’s substance misuse and criminal justice team in Peterhead, Fraserburgh and Inverurie during a busy time of the year means that assistance can be provided in a targeted and supportive way.”