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Partners on Patrol in the Park

23rd July 2021

Making sure that visitors to the Cairngorms National Park have a safe and enjoyable holiday is really important to the Park’s residents and businesses – and the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA), The Highland Council (THC) and Forest & Land Scotland (FLS) are delighted there is now an enhanced police presence in the Glenmore area at weekends, with Police Scotland officers joining CNPA and FLS staff on patrol in the Park.

Extra resource has been made available to allow Police Scotland to commit additional officers to be in attendance in the evenings in the Cairngorm and Glenmore area to deal with any issues if they arise.

A visible police presence at key times in this hotspot location is seen to be a good way of tackling any incidences of anti-social behaviour and making sure that everyone stays safe and that wildlife and habitats are protected.

Grant Moir, Chief Executive at the CNPA said: “It is great to be working with Police Scotland, The Highland Council and Forest & Land Scotland in putting together this partnership initiative, which will result in an enhanced police presence in the Cairngorm and Glenmore area, including Loch Morlich beach at weekends over the summer holidays.

“The vast majority of the visitors to the Park are enjoying their experience and behaving very well – the combined presence of rangers and the police at key times will help support everyone to have a great time in the Park and in a way that protects the local environment.”

Area Commander, Chief Inspector Jenny Valentine said: “Local officers regularly patrol busy areas in and around the National Park and have been working closely with partners to tackle issues. Access rights are not an excuse for anti-social behaviour and so we welcome the opportunity to work proactively with partners to ensure that the area remains a safe and enjoyable place to visit.”

Cllr Bill Lobban of The Highland Council commented: “We are delighted to be supporting this partnership which will enhance the visitor experience at Glenmore and Loch Morlich beach and ensure that a small minority of people do not spoil everyone else’s use and enjoyment of this area of outstanding natural beauty. The Highland Council is providing funding from the Badenoch & Strathspey Ward budget set aside for projects in support of COVID-19 Resilience.”

The joint patrols started last weekend (16 & 17 July) and will continue for a further 5 weeks.