East Dunbartonshire police have been told to get on their bikes - after receiving a delivery of 12 brand new bicycles for them to use in the area.
Police officers are now equipped with bikes thanks to funding from the Community Safety Partnership .
They will use them to patrol the canal tow paths, parks and other open spaces where young people often gather and behave in an anti-social way.
The bikes and associated safety equipment will also be used to enhance road safety and promote cycling and the use of cycle paths as a means of travel in the area.
As part of the joint project between East Dunbartonshire Community Protection Services and Police Scotland, community wardens will also be trained and deployed on the bikes.They will be paying particular attention to the Lennoxtown and Hillhead areas.
Chief Inspector Craig Smith, said: “This is a great way for us to engage with the local community and I would encourage anyone who sees these officers to speak with them as they are out patrolling.
“I am grateful for the funding as our local community officers will now be able to access open areas with ease tackling local issues and keeping our communities safe.”
Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The introduction of the bicycle patrols will help to target anti-social behaviour in the area and strengthen the coproduction arrangement with the council’s community protection service.”
She added: “The bicycles and safety equipment will enable the police and community wardens to conduct proactive patrols of paths and outdoor spaces in East Dunbartonshire.”