TEAMS of additional police officers were out in force in Elgin this weekend as a part of a crackdown on alcohol fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour.
Saturday evening saw officers adopt a zero tolerance approach to alcohol related offences, carrying out high visibility patrols in the city centre.
Drugs dogs were also drafted in to carry out spot checks in licensed premises and to support the officers from the Elgin Local Policing and CID who carried out the operation.
Over 100 people were also checked for knives and other offensive weapons with a hi-tech Grampian Police portable scanner which was deployed at the entrances to various licensed premises in the town centre.
Detective Sergeant Ian Doherty, who led the operation which is part of the national anti-violence campaign, said: “During the operation, officers carried out numerous licensed premises checks and also searched ten individuals for drugs and recovered personal quantities of Cocaine from two individuals. Reports will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal at Elgin.
“The operation was a huge success. People were happy to co-operate with our officers and we are pleased that nothing was found by the Ferroguard scanning machine. There is no culture of knife crime in Elgin – and we intend to keep it that way.
“The operation allowed us to increase our presence at key times and locations so we can detect and prevent crime while at the same time offering reassurance to members of the public.
“Crucially, the high visibility presence sends a strong message that should make people think twice before engaging in reckless or violent behaviour.”
Detective Sergeant Doherty continued: “Statistically Elgin is among the safest places in the country to live and work but we know if that is to remain the case we cannot rest on our laurels. The public should be assured that this isn’t a one off and we will continue to carry out operations utilise specialist teams and equipment in the weeks and months to come.
“We contacted local licensees while planning the operation and they were keen to be involved and willing to allow the team to visit their premises. I am pleased to see them taking such a responsible attitude to ensuring the night time economy remains a safe place for their customers.”
Vicky Tice, manager of the Granary, Thunderton Place, was fully supportive of the Police initiative and added: “Here at the Granary, are committed to providing a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for our patrons. We are delighted to support Grampian Police because it’s in everyone’s interests that Elgin at night is a safe as possible for all of us.”
Anyone with information regarding anti social behaviour is asked to contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5 700 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.