Public can raise concerns at community event in Turriff
POLICE are set to hold a community surgery event in Turriff to allow residents greater access to officers serving the area.
It is intended that the three-hour long drop-in events will be held in the Formartine area on a quarterly basis at easy to access venues in the community.
The surgeries will offer an opportunity for residents to raise any issues or concerns they have but are not intended to be for reporting crime.
The Turriff event will be held on Friday, March 15, at the town's primary school from 3pm-6pm
Formartine Inspector Andy Scott said: "The events have been planned in partnership with local councillors and community councils.
"While I acknowledge there are already accessible means in which the public can contact us, many people often do not want to attend police stations or council offices and are not comfortable using social media platforms, which carry a wealth of information.
"It is often these individuals who form the majority of our most vulnerable citizens and we are hoping that these events will encourage them to come along and address the most relevant agency with their concerns.
"It is a simple concept and for the first series of surgeries, I intend on leading the police presence myself.
"I will be joined at each event by at least one of the locally elected representatives, a member of the Aberdeenshire Council roads team and a member of the Aberdeen Drug and Alcohol Partnership.
"It won't be a crime reporting event, more to discuss any concerns around anti-social behaviour and wider crime concerns."
A similar event was held in Ellon Academy Community Campus on Friday and another one will be held in Oldmeldrum Academy.