SCOTLAND'S top cop has said the police service will provide a "first class policing response" during the coronavirus crisis.

Chief Constable Iain Livingstone acknowledged the force faces challenging months ahead but it will keep citizens safe.

In a video posted on social media Mr Livingstone said: "Like everyone in the country, the Police Service of Scotland is working around the clock as we respond to the unprecedented demands we face from the outbreak of the coronavirus.

"I want to make sure that our own people in Police Scotland are supported and protected so that they in turn can provide the support to the magnificent work that is being done by our colleagues in the health service so that everyone in the country can make sure that we are all protected and we are all safe.

"Please look after yourselves, look after each other and look after your families in the difficult days ahead."

He added: "The officers and staff of Police Scotland are a credit to the country and I know that they will keep public service at the heart of all that they do."