Chief Inspector Gordon Macleod, violence lead for the Highlands and Islands, outlined
the work being done across the division through Operation Respect to reduce incidents
of violence and disorder linked to events and licenced premises.
Operation Respect is now in its fifth year and supports Police Scotland’s Safe Summer
Campaign, which highlights how violent crime has a substantial economic and social
cost to Scotland’s communities.
Over-consumption of alcohol is seen as a key contributing factor in people becoming
involved in acts of violence at events, both as a perpetrator and as a victim.
Chief Inspector Macleod said for people should drink sensibly and consider the safety
of themselves and others.
He said: “Having long enjoyed the reputation, of being the safest place to live,
work and visit, we continue to work with our key partners across the Highlands and
Islands to make our communities safer and reduce the risk of violence and disorder.
“This year there are a number of music festivals and other licensed events scheduled
to take place across the division and we have been working with event organisers
to ensure visitors to all these events have an enjoyable experience in a safe friendly
Summer festival safety advice
20 July 2017
Police Scotland are urging festival fans to enjoy themselves but also to know their
limits and keep themselves safe.
Over consumption of alcohol is a contributory factor to acts of violence and disorder
Two major musical events are taking place in the Highlands and islands this weekend.
The Hebridean Celtic Festival is now underway in Stornoway while Olly Murs will perform
in Inverness on Saturday evening.