WATCH: Extra Officers To Patrol Edinburgh Festival This Year

2 August 2017, 13:48 | Updated: 3 August 2017, 18:21

#HeartNews - Extra Police Scotland officers to patrol Edinburgh Festivals


Police Scotland has launched Operation Summer City as the capital gets set for the 70th anniversary of the International and Fringe festivals.

It comes after it was announced anti-vehicle barriers will be installed across the city for the first time, in the wake of recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.

Other measures planned for this year's festivals include an increased police presence, non-uniform officers, and the opening of the "Unofficial Fringe Venue 999" in Princes Street Gardens.

Superintendent Lesley Clark said: ''Come, have fun - it's a wonderful experience, but just think about your safety.

''Think about your surroundings and, if you see anything of concern, if you don't think it's right, chances are it's not right. So please let us know and we'll follow that up.

''The National Barrier Asset (NBA) is in place purely and simply because, as we know this is the 70th anniversary, there will be an increase in the number of tourists.

''We can see that already and the festival hasn't even begun.

''So it's just a sensible and proportionate way to provide additional security to a crowded place."

NBA includes high security gates, portals and barriers which are designed to prevent hostile vehicle attacks on key or busy crowded place locations.

Horseback officers as well as dog units are among other increased security measures to be deployed.

Police are aiming to concentrate on preventing crime by giving residents and visitors information about travel and where they can get help if they need it.

Three command points where the public can access help and advice are located at The Mound, Princes Street Gardens and on the High Street next to the Fringe office.

Ms Clark added: ''Summer City is the Police Scotland response to how we are going to provide additional facilities, additional visibility, to maximise the safety of the public.

''We have the training. If we are responding to a major incident, irrespective of where it is, we would muster well and we would be able to deliver a proportionate and appropriate response."

For the second year, the force unveiled a mascot for the summer operation, with Amanda the panda being given the honour.

The operation was announced at The Stand Comedy Club, which is one of the festival venues.