A young pup called Boris has been recruited to help crack crime in the north-east.
The 10-week-old sprocker – a mix between a cocker and a springer spaniel – will be trained to become a specialist search dog.
During the early stages of his training, the puppy will be exposed to varying challenging environments to build his confidence and develop his natural traits and abilities.
Inspector Calum Welsh said: “The addition of a pup is always an exciting time and is a welcome addition.
“Boris will receive regular instructor-led training over the coming months, where his development will be constantly monitored.
“I am sure Boris will be a great asset in the future and will help keep people in the north-east, and further afield, safe.”
The pup was donated by a member of the public in Aberdeenshire, who allowed the police to take their pick of the litter.
The six pups were all assessed at eight weeks of age and all showed “the correct attributes” for a life within the force.
As a result of the successful puppy aptitude tests, a second pup was offered and has been allocated to a handler in Glasgow.
Specialist search dogs can be donated, sourced through specialist breeders or dog rescue centres.
The puppy, named after local charity Charlie House, is also training to become a specialist detection dog.