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Scottish Land & Estates welcomes new policing resource in the Cairngorms

New special constables to work with Police Scotland in the Cairngorms National Park will provide a valuable additional resource to the region, Scottish Land & Estates has said.

The addition of five new special constables was announced by Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform, Roseanna Cunningham MSP, at an event in Blair Atholl this morning. The pilot project will see the officers provide an extra presence to assist the three Police Scotland divisions which are covered by the National Park in the prevention of wildlife and rural crime.

David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “The work of Police Scotland in preventing and addressing all forms of wildlife and rural crime is hugely important to Scottish Land & Estates’ members and we welcome the additional resource that will be made available through this pilot project.

“We value the professionalism and accountability of the existing police presence in the park, who not only investigate crime but play an important role in building relationships with land-based businesses around the Cairngorms that helps to prevent crime in the first place. The special constables, working under the control of full-time officers, can help to tackle different forms of wildlife crime and rural crime such as thefts, livestock worrying and flytipping. 

“Whilst recorded wildlife crime in the CNPA area has been declining and is now at a low level, aided by collaboration between police, the park authority and a range of stakeholders, there is a need to maintain progress on this matter and we and our members look forward to working with the special constables to help achieve that in the months and years ahead.”

 

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