Police working in communities in across the north of Scotland will soon see their work bolstered by new funding.
Police Scotland has announced a £325,000 fund to be spent in communities by local commanders.
The Local Partnership and Initiative Fund is to be spent on community empowerment, inclusion and collaborative working.
The North East Police Division will receive £24,495, while the Highlands and Islands Division is to be given a share of £20,684.
Superintendent Graeme Duncan, from the north-east division, said: “The Local Partnership and Initiative Fund will allow our officers and staff to further develop opportunities with our partners at a local level aimed at delivering positive outcomes to improve the safety and well-being of the people who live in our communities in the north-east.
“Local policing is at the heart of Police Scotland and this further ongoing investment in North East Division and our local communities is very much welcomed.”
Divisional commander for Highland and Islands, Chief Superintendent George MacDonald, added: “It is absolutely vital that local policing continues to be supported to help us deliver on the priorities that matter to our communities most.
“I therefore welcome the Local Partnership and Initiative Fund which will grant Highland and Islands Division additional funding to develop opportunities with our partners that will make a real difference locally.”