Counter Terrorism Awareness Week in Highland and Islands Division
• City Centre Beat Officers PC Ali Macrae and PC Matt Cameron pictured in Falcon Square with Cllr Jimmy Gray
Police in Inverness are supporting the national Counter Terrorism Awareness Week which was launched in Aberdeen (Monday 12 June, 2017) to promote activity across the country.
Local officers in Inverness have today (Tuesday 13 June, 2017) been patrolling busy areas including the Eastgate shopping centre and Inverness railway and bus stations where they have been speaking with members of the public to raise awareness.
During the awareness week Police Scotland, along with partners, will undertake a range of activities to provide information to help deter terrorism as well as help keep people safe in the event of a terrorist incident.
Superintendent Philip MacRae said: "Supporting this campaign locally is a great opportunity in light of recent events in Manchester and London, which makes this week's campaign more relevant than ever. There is no specific threat to Scotland and the public should continue to go about their daily business as normal, however we ask that communities be vigilant to suspicious activity and report it to us.
"The focus of our activity is in promoting safety and awareness within crowded public spaces and our message is 'be alert, not alarmed' and it's important that all members of the community take onboard these messages.
"Throughout the Highland and Islands policing area, we work very closely with a number of partners in an effort to support and address all areas of the UK Government's CONTEST strategy. No community is immune from the threat we face and it really is the case that communities defeat terrorism."
Inverness Councillor Jimmy Gray, a member of the Council’s administration said: “The Highland Council fully supports this campaign. The Highlands is one of the safest regions of the world and we work closely and effectively with our local Resilience Partners to manage risks and keep people safe. It is vitally important that the public know how to keep themselves as safe as possible at home and when travelling. We need the eyes and ears of ordinary people in communities to help so I encourage people to report anything untoward to the police.”