POLICE participation in the Edinburgh Festivals will be their most interactive yet as officers provide critical updates and safety information during the next month.

Operation Assure will see officers mingle with the public and offer advice and guidance on crime prevention and personal security, as well as via Twitter.

Chief Superintendent Mark Williams, Divisional Commander for the City of Edinburgh, said: "Officers will be out and about on foot and bike patrols, and we will be delivering key messages to the public via social media.

"We are determined to ensure the Festival is enjoyed by everyone and remembered for all the right reasons.

"I would urge the public to take advantage of the different methods for communicating with police during this time and get in touch if they have any policing issues they wish to discuss."

Council community safety leader Cammy Day said: "Edinburgh's festivals are world renowned and create a wonderful atmosphere that attract tens of thousands of people every year.

"This is a safe city and we will be working closely with Police Scotland to make sure that this continues to be the case, by encouraging people to enjoy this special time of year safely and responsibly.

"I would encourage anyone with any concerns to contact the police and help us make this year's festival a safe and pleasant experience for all residents and visitors."

Revellers, both visitors and residents, are invited to follow the capital's policing account on Twitter – @EdinburghPolice – and join in the discussions by using #FestivalPolicing.