IT’S been an eventful first year for Police Scotland and nearly 250,000 people have followed its progress on an online photo journal.
Before the launch of the single force last April, police chiefs signed up to create the unique journal through Edinburgh-based social networking service Blipfoto.
Officers posted one new image daily from across Scotland to reflect their wide-ranging work, and the journal has proved a hit with its followers.
Many of the photographs chosen each day featured the police on duty in Edinburgh and the Lothians, including during the Festival and the Hogmanay celebrations.
Gillian Main, head of engagement at Police Scotland, said: “We never expected our Blipfoto journal to reach these levels, with nearly 250,000 individual visits. We have been pleasantly surprised.
“There’s a mixture of informative, operational and behind-the-scenes policing pictures – with a bit of humour thrown in, too.
“It has really allowed us to show our personality and who we are.”
The force has been committed to building its online presence through Facebook and Twitter, and also turned to Blipfoto, founded in the Capital in 2004, to get its messages across.
Among the images from the city was a photo of Pc Charlotte Work as she cradled a baby found abandoned on a bench in Wester Hailes last April, who was named after her. Another photograph shows an officer putting a police dog through its paces during a training programme last May.
Officers posing for pictures with Fringe performers on the Royal Mile and welcoming visitors to the Christmas market were also included.
Alongside images from high-profile events, the journal recorded the day-to-day activities of officers in Edinburgh, using speed guns to catch dangerous drivers and taking part in riot training.
Criticism was recently fired at Police Scotland for encouraging officers to take “selfies” of themselves at work.
Edinburgh-based bobbies refused to take part as it clashed with the tragic death of Keane Wallis-Bennett, 12, at Liberton High.
She died when a wall collapsed on her at the school’s gym.