A new unit to support the duties of frontline police officers has started operating in the Highlands and Islands.
Police Scotland's National Database Enquiry Unit (NDEU) can provide "live time" background checks on individuals and vehicles.
The NDEU is to operate across two sites, first in Inverness before later being phased in at a site in Govan in Glasgow.
Assistant Chief Constable John Hawkins gave the project its final approval.
The NDEU is expected to be available to officers across Scotland by the end of the summer.
The site in Inverness was set up following the closure of the city's control room and service centre earlier this year.
ACC Hawkins said: "The NDEU will support operational policing by undertaking live time database checks for frontline officers across the country 24 hours a day.
"Police officers may require background checks on individuals or vehicles as part of routine inquiries or the management of ongoing incidents.
"This information can provide vital intelligence to assist with these enquiries and can also contribute to officer safety by highlighting potential risks associated with individuals."
Up to 2,200 such inquiries are conducted every day in Scotland.
ACC Hawkins added: "The creation of a new NDEU means that 30 permanent staff posts will be retained in Inverness.
"Every member of staff affected by the recent control room and service centre closure in Inverness was offered a position within the newly-created NDEU, ensuring we retain our skilled and experienced staff to carry out this essential role in supporting local policing across the country."