March dog walkers are being encouraged to be the eyes and ears of the community in a pilot scheme launched by the police.
‘Paws on Patrol’ is a Neighbourhood Watch scheme that seeks to utilise dog walkers in a bid to keep their communities cleaner and safer.
Local officers were at the George Campbell centre on Tuesday to sign up the first 32 dog owners to the scheme.
Owners are asked to be vigilant when walking their animals and be on the lookout for anything suspicious or out-of-place. If they suspect a crime or are concerned, such as if someone is hanging around a property, they should report it to police. Other community matters, such as fly-tipping, should be reported to the council.
A police spokesperson said they were very pleased with how the day went and if the scheme is a success, they are looking to roll it out to other areas.
• Anyone who wants to sign up can collect a form from March Police Station.