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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17313: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 June 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the pilot project to recruit wildlife and rural crime special constables for the Cairngorms National Park, what information it has on what the impact has been of the project in Cumbria on which it is based.

Answered by: Mairi Gougeon 30 July 2018

The idea for this pilot project to recruit a cadre of wildlife and rural crime Special Constables was developed following a discussion with Police Scotland, including on the occasional use of Special Constables in Cumbria in support of wildlife crime action. However, we are not aware of specific projects involving Special Constables dedicated to wildlife and rural crime in Cumbria which would be comparable to the pilot scheme currently running in the Cairngorms National Park.