Officers from the Newcastle city centre Neighbourhood Policing Team are working with Intu Eldon Square to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the area.
They are working with security and staff from the shopping centre, to carry out extra high visibility patrols on Friday and Saturday evenings, over the next four weeks.
The extra patrols will start from Friday (March 18th).
This comes as a response to concerns about anti-social behaviour, linked to people taking legal highs in the area around Old Eldon Square.
It is hoped the extra police and security presence will act as a deterrent.
Newcastle City Centre Inspector, Nicola Wearing, said: “We are delighted to be working with staff from intu and helping them keep Eldon Square a nice and safe place for people to be.
“We’ve had reports of people taking legal highs in the area and then becoming involved in ASB or related crimes and this is something we are extremely keen to put a stop to as soon as possible.
“With the help of intu staff we want to make the area to be as safe as possible and this activity will go a long way in ensuring that is the case.”
Phil Steele, general manager of intu Eldon Square, added: “We are happy to be working with our partners at Northumbria Police to ensure that the location in Old Eldon Square provides the best environment for shopping
in Newcastle city centre.”
Officers will be moving anyone from the area who is causing disorder and taking action against anyone found committing offences.