Police Scotland Officers

Safety & Security


Police Scotland is committed to working with the United Nations, UK Government and Glasgow City Council to support delivery of a safe and secure event whilst still providing a high standard of service to the communities we serve.

This is a significant operation for any police service and will involve one of the biggest mobilisation of police assets the UK has ever seen with around 10,000 officers being deployed each day.

However, Police Scotland has a long history of policing major events from the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships, to G8 and state visits. COP26 is no exception and we look forward to playing our part in this historic event.

There will be a significantly enhanced police and security presence in and around the city in advance of and during COP26.

As part of this the public may see a more visible armed policing presence. This is nothing to be alarmed about, these officers are first and foremost police officers and may well attend or respond to all types of incidents in order to keep people safe.

Similarly, as part of the overall security operation, there will be increased police patrols on the road network and River Clyde. You may also see more specialist police resources deployed, such as dogs and horses.

While there is no specific threat relating to the event, we will be prepared for any eventuality.

With an event of this scale, disruption is inevitable but we are working with other emergency services and local resilience partners across Scotland to keep this to a minimum.

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