1. Police Negotiating Board Scotland (PNBS): guide

    Replaces the 2016 Police Negotiating Board (PNB) guide with an updated version.

  2. Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: April 2024

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities areas. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  3. Building a New Scotland: Justice in an independent Scotland

    This paper sets out the Scottish Government's vision for justice in an independent Scotland.

  4. Building a New Scotland: Justice in an independent Scotland - Easy Read

    Easy read version of the Scottish Government's vision for justice in an independent Scotland.

  5. Police Negotiating Board for Scotland: annual report 2023

    Annual report for 2023 produced by the Independent Chair of the Police Negotiating Board for Scotland (PNBS).

  6. Marches, parades and static demonstrations: guidance

    This publication sets out the key duties and responsibilities for local authorities facilitating marches, parades and protests in Scotland. It provides guidance and highlights best practice for all key parties involved.

  7. Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report : March 2024

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer community statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  8. Domestic abuse: statistics recorded by the police in Scotland, 2022-23

    Characteristics of victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse incidents recorded by the police in Scotland from 2022 to 2023.

  9. Child protection learning and development 2024: national framework

    Framework to support multi-agency learning and development relevant to child protection in Scotland. This highlights key learning for all workforces according to the level of responsibility they have for child protection.

  10. Recorded Crime in Scotland: year ending December 2023

    Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland in the year ending December 2023, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.

  11. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report February 2024 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities areas. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  12. Prostitution - challenging and deterring men's demand: strategic approach

    Sets our our collective approach, working with stakeholders across the wider public and third sector, to challenge and deter men’s demand for prostitution and support those with experience of it.

  13. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: January 2024 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities areas. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  14. Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill: consultation

    We are committed to protecting, respecting and championing the rights of people with learning disabilities and neurodivergent people. This consultation on proposals for a Learning Disabilities, Autism and Neurodivergence Bill seeks the views of everyone on how we can do this.

  15. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report December 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  16. Recorded Crimes and Offences Involving Firearms, Scotland, 2020-21 and 2021-22

    Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved or where a firearm was stolen.

  17. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: November 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  18. Serious Organised Crime Taskforce: progress report 2023

    This progress report details some of the advances made by the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce and its partners.

  19. Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2021/22: Main Findings

    Main findings from the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2021/22.

  20. Recorded Crime in Scotland: year ending September 2023

    Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland in the year ending September 2023, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.

  21. Scotland's approach to antisocial behaviour: review findings

    This report presents findings on the perceptions of current approaches to antisocial behaviour in Scotland, based on discussions with key stakeholders including victims and frontline staff. The report will help inform future reviews on best practice for preventing and tackling antisocial behaviour.

  22. Vision for Justice in Scotland: three year delivery plan

    Provides a high-level overview of the main areas of work that are being undertaken across the justice sector, and further significant reforms that will be introduced over the period 2023 to 2026.

  23. Police Negotiating Board for Scotland: circular 2023-07 - short-notice rest day working allowance

    Police Negotiating Board for Scotland (PNBS) circular providing details on the introduction of a Short-notice Rest Day Working Allowance.

  24. Homicide in Scotland 2022-23

    Statistical bulletin on crimes of homicide recorded by the police in Scotland in 2022-2023.

  25. Scottish Crime Recording Standard: Crime Recording and Counting Rules

    Crime recording and counting rules for the Scottish Crime Recording Standard (SCRS). These are overseen, approved, maintained and developed by the Scottish Crime Recording Board (SCRB).

  26. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report : October 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  27. Police Negotiating Board for Scotland: circular 2023-06 - islands allowance

    Police Negotiating Board for Scotland (PNBS) circular providing details on the provision of an Islands Allowance.

  28. Criminal Proceedings in Scotland, 2021-22

    Statistics on criminal proceedings concluded in Scottish courts and alternative measures to prosecution issued by the police and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service are presented for the 10 years from 2012-13 to 2021-22. The latest two years of data were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  29. Rights for persons detained under the Terrorism Act 2000

    This document provides important information about your rights under the law in Scotland when you are detained at the police station under the Terrorism Act 2000. It is not legal advice.

  30. Proceeds of Crime Act 2002: Appointed Person for Scotland report 2022 to 2023

    Report by the independent Appointed Person for Scotland on the exercise by constables, in 2022 to 2023, of search powers conferred by the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

  31. Police Negotiating Board: annual report 2022 to 2023

    Annual report for 2022 to 2023 produced by the Independent Chair of the Police Negotiating Board (PNB).

  32. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report : September 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  33. Police Negotiating Board for Scotland: circular 2023-01 pay agreement

    Police Negotiating Board for Scotland (PNBS) circular providing details of the 2023 pay agreement.

  34. Police Negotiating Board for Scotland: circular 2023-02 - federated ranks pay

    Police Negotiating Board for Scotland (PNBS) circular providing details of the 2023 pay agreement for federated ranks.

  35. Police Negotiating Board for Scotland: circular 2023-05 - other allowances

    Police Negotiating Board for Scotland (PNBS) circular providing details of the 2023 pay agreement for allowances.

  36. Police Negotiating Board for Scotland: circular 2023-03 - superintending ranks pay

    Police Negotiating Board for Scotland (PNBS) circular providing details of the 2023 pay agreement for Superintendents and Chief Superintendents.

  37. Police Negotiating Board for Scotland: circular 2023-04 - senior officers pay

    Police Negotiating Board for Scotland (PNBS) circular providing details of the 2023 pay agreement for senior officers.

  38. Recorded Crime in Scotland: year ending June 2023

    Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland in the year ending June 2023, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.

  39. National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2021 - updated 2023

    This guidance describes the responsibilities and expectations for all involved in protecting children and will support the care and protection of children.

  40. User Guide to Recorded Crime Statistics in Scotland

    Provides detailed information on the Recorded Crime in Scotland statistical bulletin series. It is designed to be a useful reference guide with explanatory notes regarding issues and classifications which are crucial to the production and presentation of crime statistics in Scotland.

  41. Scottish Crime and Justice Survey: data protection impact assessment

    Latest version of the data protection impact assessment (DPIA) for the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey (SCJS) - published in July 2023.

  42. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: June 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  43. Reconviction Statistics 2019-20

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  44. Firework control zones: guidance for local authorities

    Guidance which details the process local authorities should follow for designating, amending, or revoking a firework control zone within their boundaries.

  45. Crime remains at historically low-levels

    Delivering a safer Scotland for everyone.

  46. Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2022-23

    Statistics on crimes and offences recorded and cleared up by the police in Scotland in 2022-23, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.

  47. Recorded Crime in Scotland, 2022-23

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  48. Tackling criminal exploitation

    Safeguarding the most vulnerable.

  49. The King’s Birthday Honours 2023 – Police, Fire and Ambulance Service

    Recipients of Police, Fire and Ambulance medals in Scotland.

  50. New Chief Constable

    Justice Secretary Angela Constance comments as first woman appointed to role.

  51. Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill: island communities impact assessment screening

    Records the rationale and decision taken not to carry out an island communities impact assessment for the Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill.

  52. Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill: business and regulatory impact assessment

    This impact assessment looks at the costs and benefits of the Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill.

  53. Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment

    This impact assessment is an enabler which helps us in improving outcomes, transparency and accountability. The results of the equality impact assessment process for the Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill is an ongoing process and will be reviewed as the policy develops.

  54. Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill: data protection impact assessment

    This impact assessment records how data will be used in relation to the Police (Ethics, Conduct and Scrutiny) (Scotland) Bill and how that use is compliant with data protection legislation.

  55. Strengthening public confidence in policing

    Legislation unveiled to improve complaint and conduct procedures.

  56. New violence prevention strategy

    Action to help drive down harm.

  57. Violence prevention framework

    This Framework sets out our vision to prevent violence across Scotland, and when it does occur, to reduce its harm. It is supported by an evidence supplement, spotlights some cross government work and includes priority aims and an action plan, outlining the initial activities going forward.

  58. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report May 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  59. Complaints, investigations and misconduct in policing: implementation progress report

    Fifth thematic progress report following publication of the independent review of complaints, investigations and misconduct in policing in Scotland, setting out implementation progress with details of the status and lead responsibility for each recommendation.

  60. Victim Notification Scheme (VNS): independent review

    Report of the independent review of the Victim Notification Scheme (VNS). The VNS provides eligible victims information about an offender’s release, and the chance to make representations about parole decisions.

  61. Victim Notification Scheme (VNS): independent review - easy read

    Easy read version of the report of the independent review of the Victim Notification Scheme (VNS). The VNS provides eligible victims information about an offender’s release, and the chance to make representations about parole decisions.

  62. Police Negotiating Board for Scotland: constitution

    The Police Negotiating Board for Scotland (PNBS) is a public body that negotiates the pay, terms and conditions of Police Officers in Scotland, through collective bargaining. The constitution sets out how the PNBS will reach agreements, or if failing to agree, how conciliation and/or arbitration is carried out.

  63. Police Negotiating Board: annual report 2021 to 2022

    Annual report for 2021 to 2022 produced by the Independent Chair of the Police Negotiating Board (PNB).

  64. Justice Analytical Services (JAS) Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: April 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  65. Scottish Household Survey 2021 - telephone survey: key findings

    A summary of the key findings from the Scottish Household Survey 2021 telephone survey.

  66. Equality, opportunity, community: New leadership - A fresh start

    This publication sets out the First Minister’s vision for Scotland and the outcomes he and his government aim to achieve by 2026.

  67. Hearings in Scottish courts - ethnicity of individuals: analysis

    This occasional paper presents new experimental analysis based on the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service’s management information, on the ethnicity of individuals who were proceeded against and sentenced from April 2016 to February 2023.

  68. Justice Analytical Services (JAS): Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: March 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  69. Digital evidence pilot

    Collaborative system will benefit victims and witnesses.

  70. Recorded Crime in Scotland: year ending December 2022

    Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland in the year ending December 2022, split by crime or offence group and by local authority.

  71. Recorded Crime in Scotland, year ending December 2022

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  72. Chief Constable tribute

    Justice Secretary thanks Sir Iain Livingstone QPM for his service.

  73. Justice Analytical Services (JAS): Safer Communities and Justice Statistics Monthly Data Report: February 2023 edition

    This report contains summary statistics covering a number of important justice and safer communities statistics. It is published with up to date statistics every month.

  74. Review of emerging technologies in policing: findings and recommendations

    Findings and recommendations of the Independent advisory group on new and emerging technologies in policing.

  75. Legal frameworks and ethical standards workstream report: Final Report

    Final Report of the Legal frameworks and ethical standards workstream of the Independent advisory group on emerging technologies in policing.

  76. Research evidence, technological innovation and scientific standards in policing workstream report

    Final report of the research evidence, technological innovation and scientific standards in policing workstream of the Independent advisory group on emerging technologies in policing.

  77. Oversight, scrutiny and review workstream report

    Final report of the oversight, scrutiny and review workstream of the Independent advisory group on emerging technologies in policing.

  78. Independent review – Independent advisory group on new and emerging technologies in policing: final report

    The final report of the Independent advisory group on new and emerging technologies in policing.

  79. Informed decision-making, community engagement and participation workstream report

    Final Report of the Informed decision-making, community engagement and participation workstream of the Independent advisory group on emerging technologies in policing.

  80. Diversion from prosecution: joint review

    A joint review of diversion from prosecution carried out by HM Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland, HM Inspectorate of Prisons for Scotland and the Care Inspectorate

  81. Budget prioritises £3.4 billion for justice

    Critical services supported despite challenging economic climate.

  82. Police complaints, investigations and misconduct

    Responses to consultation published.

  83. Cabinet Secretary calls for public to report domestic abuse incidents

    Reported figures just ‘tip of the iceberg’.

  84. Domestic abuse: statistics recorded by the police in Scotland - 2021/22

    Characteristics of victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse incidents recorded by the police in Scotland in 2021 to 2022.

  85. Domestic abuse recorded by the police in Scotland, 2021-22

    An Official Statistics publication for Scotland

  86. New custodial unit for women

    Glasgow centre is aimed at transforming support for women in custody.

  87. Making fireworks safer

    Criminal offence to supply fireworks and pyrotechnics to under 18s.

  88. Crime drops

    People feel safer in communities.

  89. Recorded Crime in Scotland, year ending June 2022

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  90. Justice Analytical Services - safer communities and justice statistics monthly data report: July 2022 edition

    This is a monthly data summary report with an overview of a number of important justice and safer communities statistics.

  91. Fireworks and Pyrotechnic Articles (Scotland) Bill passes

    New laws will ensure safety for people across Scotland.

  92. Miners’ Strike Pardon Bill passes

    Key legislation will pardon former miners of certain offences.

  93. Police complaints and misconduct

    Consultation launched on new legislation.

  94. Victims’ consultation launches

    Putting people at the heart of the justice system.

  95. Police officer quarterly strength statistics: 31 March 2022

    Statistics on police officer quarterly strength, which gives the number of full-time equivalent police officers employed by Police Scotland.

  96. Police Negotiating Board circular 2022-02: COP26 allowances

    Circulars providing updates on agreements covering police terms and conditions.

  97. Police Negotiating Board circular 2022-01: double-lock rest day compensation

    Circulars providing updates on agreements covering police terms and conditions.

  98. Victims will benefit from key support

    £48m funding underlines government commitment.

  99. Water Safety Action Plan

    New safety measures introduced to protect the public.

  100. New Bairns’ Hoose appointment

    Post will drive improvements for children.

  101. New vision for justice

    Victims placed at the heart of ensuring just, safe, and resilient communities.

  102. Historic miners’ pardon Bill published

    Key legislation aims to pardon workers of certain offences and restore dignity.

  103. Recorded crime remains at low levels

    Crimes in four key areas down in the past year.

  104. Inspection of the management of criminal allegations against the police by COPFS

    HM Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland's report on how criminal allegations against the police are dealt with by Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

  105. Backing for staff facing abuse

    Wearing of face coverings vital to limit COVID-19 spread.

  106. Complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues in relation to policing - final report: joint Scottish Government and Crown Office response

    Joint response to Dame Elish Angiolini from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Lord Advocate following publication of the final report of her independent review of complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues in relation to policing In Scotland.

  107. Complaints, investigations and misconduct in policing - implementation of recommendations: thematic progress report - June 2021

    First thematic progress report following publication of Dame Elish Angiolini's Final Report setting out implementation progress with details of the status and lead responsibility for each recommendation.

  108. Recorded Crime in Scotland: April 2021

    Official Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland for April 2021.

  109. Recorded Crime in Scotland: March 2021

    Official Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland for March 2021.

  110. Scottish Police Authority appointees

    Six new members to strengthen the Board.

  111. Additional £10 million for modernising police fleet

    Investment to reduce emissions.

  112. Recorded crime statistics: February 2021

    Official Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland for February 2021.

  113. Miners' strike 1984 to 1985 pardon: consultation

    This consultation paper seeks views on suitable qualifying criteria for a collective pardon to be given to miners who were convicted of matters relating to the miners’ strike of 1984 to 1985.

  114. Inspection of the management of criminal allegations against the police by COPFS: terms of reference

    Terms of Reference for HM Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland's inspection of the management of criminal allegations against the police by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS).

  115. Recorded Crime in Scotland: January 2021

    Official Statistics on crimes and offences recorded by the police in Scotland for January 2021.

  116. Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010: guidance - updated

    Guidance is provided in accordance with the duty upon the Scottish Ministers under section 12(1) of the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 to issue guidance to local authorities in relation to the exercise of their functions and the functions of authorised officers under the 2010 Act.

  117. Foreign travel health rules updated

    Final planned adjustments of 2020 to quarantine exemptions.

  118. Independent police complaints review

    Dame Elish Angiolini’s final report published.

  119. Policing - complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues: independent review

    First independent review of complaint handling, misconduct and investigations since the creation of new policing structures in 2013. Dame Elish Angiolini reviewed the effectiveness of the new systems for dealing with complaints against the police, how well complaints are investigated and the processes involved.

  120. Pardon for miners convicted during strike

    Justice Secretary welcomes independent review report.

  121. Policing of the miners' strike 1984-1985 - impact on communities: independent review

    This is the final report from the independent review that was commissioned to investigate and report on the impact on communities in Scotland on the policing of the miners' strike 1984 to 1985.

  122. Strategic police priorities: Fairer Scotland assessment summary

    Fairer Scotland Duty Assessment on the revision of the Strategic Police Priorities for Scotland.

  123. Childcare provision for key workers

    Criteria provided to local authorities to determine local need.

  124. Biometrics Commissioner

    Parliament backs plan for oversight of police use of biometric data.

  125. Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 31 December 2019

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  126. Policing in Scotland

    Strategic priorities set direction for police over the next six years.

  127. Strategic police priorities: consultation analysis

    External analysis report of the responses received to the consultation on the revised strategic police priorities.

  128. Strategic police priorities

    Strategic Police Priorities for Scotland which are provided for through section 33 of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012.

  129. Strategic police priorities: equalities impact assessment

    EIA on revisions to the strategic police priorities for Scotland.

  130. Festive drink and drug-drive campaign

    Motorists warned of zero tolerance approach.

  131. Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 30 September 2019

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  132. Homicide in Scotland, 2018-19

    A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  133. Bravery awards

    First Minister celebrates acts of heroism.

  134. Letter of rights: consultation

    A consultation to seek the views of key stakeholders and members of the public on the current Letter of Rights for Scotland.

  135. Police Officer Quarterly Strength Statistics Scotland, 30 June 2019

    An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

  136. Railway policing committee created

    Accountability and scrutiny enhanced.

  137. Future police direction

    New strategic priorities for policing.

  138. Support for emergency responders

    Wellbeing and resilience programme extended to emergency services.

  139. Policing - complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues: independent review - preliminary report

    Dame Elish Angiolini's independent review addresses complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues in relation to policing in Scotland, in the wake of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012.

  140. Policing - complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues: independent review - preliminary report

    Dame Elish Angiolini's independent review addresses complaints handling, investigations and misconduct issues in relation to policing in Scotland, in the wake of the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Act 2012.

  141. Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: equality impact assessment (EQIA)

    Summary of the EQIA for the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill.

  142. Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: child rights and wellbeing impact assessment (CRWIA)

    Assessment of the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill's impact on the rights and wellbeing of children and young people.

  143. Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill: business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA)

    Likely costs, benefits and risks of the Scottish Biometrics Commissioner Bill that may have an impact on the public, private and third sector.

  144. Biometrics Commissioner

    New role to oversee police use of personal forensic data.

  145. Evaluation of police and fire reform year 4: key findings

    Evaluation of police and fire reform year 4: summary of key findings and learning points from the evaluation.

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