Officers from Police Scotland, working in association with the Maritime sector, are targeting criminality around the country's coastline today (Friday, March 23, 2018) as part of the UK-wide Project Kraken national day of action.
Through partnership working with staff from a wide variety of organisations including local harbours, ports, ferry terminals, marinas, Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Ministry of Defence Police, the day of action aims to deliver a positive impact on maritime safety in Scotland.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Williams said, "Today's activity will raise awareness on how to report suspect and suspicious behaviour within the maritime environment, and to deter those who may be tempted to assist or facilitate the illegal entry of migrants via our coastline. More than 100 officers in cars, on foot and in boats will be visiting jetties, marinas, ferry terminals and other ports around the entire Scottish coastline throughout the day.
"We are doing this by carrying out high visibility patrols, proactively engaging with members of the public and local businesses, distributing leaflets and asking businesses in the area to display posters."
Superintendent Findlay MacDonald, of the Ministry of Defence Police, said, "Officers from the MOD Police Clyde Marine Unit and shore-based colleagues on board one of the Unit's Police launches will be working in partnership with Police Scotland to help promote the initiative and raise public awareness about the need to remain vigilant to protect our borders and reduce maritime crime.
"As a national Force, MOD Police is already involved in the roll-out of Project Servator, the UK-wide counter terrorism and crime detection, deterrence and disruption police initiative and is pleased to be working alongside Police Scotland and other agencies in this latest operation to keep our borders secure."