MORE police will be patrolling the streets of Elgin this weekend under a high-profile blitz on drugs, violence and anti-social behaviour.
Teams of additional officers were out last night and will again be deployed tonight (Friday) and tomorrow under the ongoing Operation Moravia.
The high visibility foot patrols are taking place in areas where anti-social behaviour is known to occur and also involve officers carrying out spot checks at licensed premises in the city centre and surrounding areas.
In addition, the Community Safety Unit mobile police office will be based at various locations around the town, giving members of the public an opportunity to speak to local officers.
Sergeant Andrew Wilson said: "Across Moray we have seen a 10% decrease in anti-social behaviour for the first three quarters of 2011/12 – a decrease that has been mirrored in Elgin itself – but we are not complacent and always strive to improve further.
"Operation Moravia allows us to increase our presence on the streets at key times so we can provide reassurance to members of the public and detect and prevent crime. A high visibility presence sends a strong message to those individuals involved in anti-social behaviour and should make them think twice about their actions. Operation Moravia continues and I want to reassure the public that police activity like this will occur in the future."
The mobile police office will be at Cooper Park, North Street and Lesmurdie between 3pm and 8pm today and tomorrow. Anyone with information regarding anti-social behaviour or other criminality should contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700 or, to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.