The expected cost of policing the Cop26 UN climate change summit in Glasgow has fallen to £180 million, with fewer officers now expected to be needed. Assistant Chief Constable Bernie Higgins told MSPs the force had originally anticipated using between 4,000 and 6,000 officers officers each day to deal with the global event. While he still expects “several thousand officers to be deployed” daily, he said a change in planning assumptions has been agreed following a meeting with the Cop UK unit in London. Mr Higgins told MSPs about the various duties officers could be involved in as he revealed Police Scotland is making preparations to deal with as many as 300 arrests a day at the event. Between 130 and 150 heads of state from around the globe are expected in Glasgow for the Cop26 event in November.
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