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Police Scotland

The Police Service of Scotland – which will be known as Police Scotland – was established under the Police and Fire and Reform (Scotland) Act 2012.

It was formally established on 1 April 2013 and is responsible for policing across the length and breadth of Scotland. It is the second largest force in the UK after the Metropolitan Police.

The service is led by Chief Constable Stephen House and has police officers, staff and special constables who are working together to deliver the best possible policing service for the people of Scotland.

The Chief Constable is supported by a command team of Deputy Chief Constables, Assistant Chief Constables and Directors.

There are 14 local policing divisions, each headed by a Local Police Commander who ensures that local policing in each area is responsive, accountable and tailored to meet local needs. Each division will encompass response officers, community officers, local crime investigation, road policing, public protection and local intelligence. 

Alongside the local policing divisions, there are a number of national specialist divisions. These functions may not be required frequently but when a serious crime takes place, or public safety is under threat from criminals, the most professional response is available, whenever and wherever it is needed.  

PSOSThe priorities in Police Scotland’s Annual Police Plan are aligned to the strategic police priorities set by the Scottish Government and the strategic objectives outlined by the Scottish Police Authority in its three year plan. They are also informed by the local policing plans set at local authority and multi member ward levels.

Police Scotland took over responsibility for policing in Scotland from the eight former police forces, the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency and the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland. 


Further information is available on the Police Scotland website.