Police officers and staff across Scotland do a vital job keeping our communities safe, often in challenging circumstances.
We are committed to supporting this crucial service, and ensuring our police workforce is well-equipped to deal with emerging threats and future needs.
We are building on reforms already delivered to Scottish policing by:
- supporting the delivery of the 10 year policing strategy 'Serving a Changing Scotland' which aims to transform police services
- improving how complaints about the police are dealt with and strengthening public confidence in policing
- protecting the police resource budget in real terms in every year of this parliament, as we did in the previous parliamentary term
- setting out police terms and conditions following recommendations by the Police Negotiating Board
We are also:
- strengthening powers and procedures available to the police to prevent and detect crime, whilst protecting the rights of those accused
improving how biometric data such as fingerprints, DNA and facial images are handled by police through the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Act
supporting the Miners’ Strike (Pardons) (Scotland) Act 2022 which provides a collective pardon to former miners, household members of a miner, and parents, siblings and children of a miner who were convicted of certain offences relating to the 1984-85 strike
supporting the Independent Advisory Group on New Emerging Technologies in Policing in their ongoing work to examine the possible legal and ethical issues presented by technological developments in policing
funding a programme to support the mental health and wellbeing of front line emergency workers, including police
Police Scotland is the single service responsible for policing in Scotland.
It is held to account by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) which is accountable to Scottish Ministers and the Scottish Parliament.
The SPA is also responsible for the management and delivery of forensic services and independent custody visiting in Scotland.
The police officer quarterly strength statistics provide quarterly updates on the number of police officers employed by Police Scotland.
Bills and legislation
The Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012 provides the statutory basis for policing in Scotland.
It brought together 10 police organisations into a single police service.
The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 modernised the arrest and custody procedures and provisions for people coming into police custody.
The Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill puts in place new oversight arrangements for the collection, use, retention and disposal of biometric data for criminal justice purposes, through the creation of a new parliamentary commissioner.
You can access police content that was previously on the www2.gov.scot site at the gov.scot archive.
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