Thirty-six people have been arrested in the north-east for a variety of violent crimes.
A 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with a serious assault in Aberdeen, while a 26-year-old woman was arrested in relation to an assault and robbery in the city.
In Moray, a 28-year-old man was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon in Elgin, while four search warrants were executed aimed at disrupting known violent offenders suspected to be active in the supply of controlled drugs.
The offences include assault and robbery, domestic abuse, serious assaults and possession of an offensive weapon.
DAVRU Sergeant Scott Brander said: “Enforcing warrants is part of our routine business to tackle violent crime, however the festive period in particular is a focus as emotions run high, more alcohol may be consumed and inhibitions might be lowered.
“To ensure that the most violent offenders are not free to commit any further crime over the festive period, targeted proactive operations are crucial to ensure accused people are detained and unable to re-offend.
“In 2017/2018 six people in Scotland died as the result of a single punch and Police Scotland’s ongoing ‘One Punch’ campaign continues to warn of the devastating consequences split-second, ill-informed decisions can have.
“We will continue to carry out enforcement action as and when necessary to make the north-east a safer place to place to live.”