Ministry of Defence police will work alongside Police Scotland’s dive and marine unit to patrol the River Clyde during the COP26 conference.

It is understood that the Ministry of Defence police will provide an “armed policing presence” on the Clyde in support of Police Scotland. The dive and marine unit of Police Scotland specialise in security searches, missing persons and evidence recovery from water.

During COP26, the Ministry of Defence Police will monitor the body of water, which is approximately four miles, with assistance when required from Police Scotland divers.

In addition, waterways are currently being searched by specialist officers from Police Scotland’s Dive and Marine Unit in the lead up to COP26.

Superintendent Stevie Irvine, Police Scotland Maritime Security lead for COP26, said:

“Our specially trained divers will patrol and search the River Clyde, particularly restricted areas, in the run up to COP26. This is a historic event, with one of the biggest mobilisation of police assets the UK has ever seen, and that means some restrictions are needed to help keep participants, visitors and members of the public safe.

Any protest activity in or around the waterways during COP26 will be met with a proportionate policing response which balances the needs and rights of those wishing to take part, against the safety and wellbeing of protesters. This is all part of our work to support the delivery of a safe and secure event and we would ask that if you spot anything unusual in or around the waterways – report it to the police. Trust your instincts if you see something that doesn’t seem right.”

Superintendent Sandy Stewart, Ministry of Defence Police, said:

“Our marine unit officers will be supporting the Police Scotland operation for COP26, providing a 24/7, armed policing presence on the River Clyde and ensuring compliance with the legal restrictions put in place, to deliver a safe and secure event for all involved.”

The COP26 climate conference is being held in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November and is one of the largest events the city has ever hosted.

 

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Peter Frost
Peter Frost
22 days ago

I will sound pedantic, but the Ministry of Defence Police are in fact a civilian and not military force.

Ian M
Ian M
22 days ago

Nee Nar, Nee Nar………see yooz, get aff ma riverrr!
Apologies in advance for the stereotypical accenting!

Reaper
Reaper
22 days ago

Why is this even news lol? what next, “police patrol their local beat” or “Cops drive police car with blue flashing lights on”

Last edited 22 days ago by Reaper
Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
22 days ago
Reply to  Reaper

Because they are MoD police and thus of defence interest.

Because there is a major international conference going on and they have one of the or the largest marine / weapons capability of any police force.

Because RN assets are built on the Clyde.

Because George is Scottish and why not.

Any or all of the above.

Reaper
Reaper
22 days ago

Yeah I suppose, why not. They are Armed mod cops.

Lusty
Lusty
22 days ago

This being the conference held to combat climate change which will see world leaders fly in from all over the world to tell us to cut back on flying? I have always found such conferences more than ironic.

-gasp- that’s why they’re cutting the hercs!

I too would lump this in with defence news.

Jon
Jon
22 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

What a waste of money if they really wanted to help the planet they would stop using oil and gas and use zero point energy ( electricity ) which Tesla proposed in the 1900s trouble is it would have been free as it comes from the ether which meant the elites could not meter it and make money so they would not invest in the technology we have been paying ever since

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli
21 days ago
Reply to  Jon

Only in secret. Look up a book called “Hunt for Zero Point” regarding aero propulsion. It is probably at A51 as we speak.

Jon
Jon
21 days ago

Thanks I take a look

Hugh Jarce
Hugh Jarce
16 days ago
Reply to  Lusty

Lol, why can’t they just use Skype or something?

Ian M
Ian M
21 days ago
Reply to  George Allison

👍

Hugh Jarce
Hugh Jarce
16 days ago

Anyone know the make and model of the police boat in the photo?