COP26 - Policing the Protests

Closed 8 Sep 2021

Opened 6 Aug 2021

Results expected 9 Sep 2021


In advance of our virtual RoundTable event "COP 26 – Policing the Protests" we are opening up the facility to submit a question in advance to one of our discussion panels.

We are running 3 discussion sessions, which will be moderated by the Director of John Smith Centre for Public Service, Kezia Dugdale:

Session 1 - Crowd psychology, collective protest and crowd-police interactions – led by Professor Steve Reicher, with first response from Gill Imery of HMICS.

Session 2 - Human Rights and the sound of democracy - led by John Scott QC, with first response from Children and Young People's Commissioner, Bruce Adamson.

Session 3 - Policing Glasgow for all citizens over COP 26 – led by ACC Bernard Higgins, Gold Commander for COP26, with first response from Denise Hamilton of Glasgow City Council.

Finally, there will be a general discussion, led by the moderator, where comments and questions will be put to all members of the previous discussion panels.

Why your views matter

The event aims to demonstrate Police Scotland’s commitment to protecting people’s right to protest or counter-protest, balanced against the rights of the wider community. The event will showcase this commitment and the practical ways in which Police Scotland will protect those rights, alongside ensuring individual and community safety and wellbeing.

What happens next

Submitted questions will be reviewed prior to the event.  It is unlikely that the panels will be able to address all pre-submitted questions due to time constraints however every effort will be made to respond to all questions received following the conclusion of the event.  Please include your contact email address.