The head teacher of a local high school gave her pupils a surprise when she was seen on patrol with local officers.
The Head Teacher Louise Moir of Mackie Academy was on patrol with two officers in Stonehaven last Friday.
The joint patrol was organised to specifically focus on preventing antisocial behaviour and associated issues including underage drinking and vandalism.
Ahead of the term finishing the school and the police wanted to join forces to remind young people and their parents of the consequences of getting involved in criminal activity.
There are already close community ties between the school and Police Scotland and this operation, which is the first time such a proactive initiative has taken place with Mackie Academy staff and Police working together, has only strengthened the partnership.
On a positive note, no acts of criminality, underage drinking or misuse of controlled substances were observed or identified.
Sergeant Chris Smith from Stonehaven said: “Although Stonehaven has a very low level of youth and antisocial behaviour issues we wanted to ensure this trend continues and the local policing team of Police Scotland and staff at Mackie Academy are committed to ensuring that the people who live and work in Stonehaven continue to enjoy the high quality of life they currently do and, quite rightly, expect.
“With the start of the summer holidays almost upon us and this fantastic weather set to continue I would like to remind parents to ensure they know where and what activities their young people are participating in.
Sergeant Smith added: “I hope everyone who lives and works in our community has a safe and enjoyable summer. We will continue to work with the school and our partners to prevent antisocial behaviour.”
Louise Moir, Mackie Academy Head Teacher, said: “I am pleased Mackie Academy joined forces with our local police team to work in partnership in keeping Stonehaven safe.
“I am hopeful that working together in this way will encourage Mackie Academy pupils to be excellent ambassadors for the school and Stonehaven. I would like to thank the police officers who gave me a valuable insight into their day-to-day work when I accompanied them on a patrol. I hope this becomes a regular initiative among Aberdeenshire schools and local police forces.”