Police are being aided by military officers to look after revellers in Dundee’s city centre over Christmas.
Officers using sniffer dogs were out in force this week, searching partygoers at events including a club night at Dundee University’s students’ union.
Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA), which runs the venue, contacted officers to attend a club night on Tuesday in an effort to promote its “zero tolerance” approach to illegal substances.
A police spokeswoman said: “As part of Police Scotland’s festive safety campaign, officers provided a high-visibility presence and carried out a violence education initiative — Operation Frankie — at DUSA on Tuesday.
“Officers assisted licensed premises’ staff to search for items such as weapons and controlled drugs and provided reassurance and assistance to those visiting the premises.
“The policing operation was supported by the Operational Support Division, which provided a passive drug indication dog.
“Community officers from the Royal Military Police also assisted our officers in the initiative.”
Inspector Kerry Lynch added: “We want to provide a safe environment for all those visiting licensed premises in Dundee over the festive season.
“We know that DUSA is a popular place for a night out and we have been working with the licensees as they encourage people to enjoy their night out safely and responsibly.”
A spokesman for the students’ union said: “By request of DUSA, Police Scotland officers were present on Tuesday, providing a dog unit to assist in the enforcement of the association’s zero tolerance policy towards drugs.
“This demonstrates DUSA’s commitment to ensuring the safety and enjoyment of all customers, with a zero tolerance approach towards misuse of substances on the premises.
“Sandy Kingston, DUSA’s health, safety and risk manager, would like to thank Police Scotland for their ongoing support.
“The Royal Military Police was also in attendance through a separate joint initiative with Police Scotland to support the policing of Dundee’s night-time economy.”
It follows the launch last week of a new city centre policing team — a new dedicated team of officers for the area — designed to offer a more visible presence on the streets.