Police complaints, investigations and misconduct - legislation: consultation

The aim of the consultation is to seek views on legislative proposals with a view to delivering new laws that improve transparency and further strengthen public confidence in policing following Dame Elish Angiolini's review into Police Complaints Handling, Investigations and Misconduct issues.

Responding to this consultation

iii. Dates and contact information

The deadline for this consultation is Tuesday 16 August 2022.

This consultation covers a number of different topics. You do not have to answer all questions. Respondents are welcome to respond only to the questions and sections of the report that are relevant to them.

Views on this consultation are being collated using the Scottish Government's consultation hub - Citizen Space. You can save and return to your responses while the consultation is still open.

If you are unable to respond using our consultation hub, please complete the Respondent Information Form at the end of this document and send to policingconsultation2022@gov.scot or

Policing Consultation
Scottish Government
Area 1R
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

iv. The layout of this consultation

* Dame Elish Angiolini's review published a preliminary report (recommendations from this report are represented with numbers prefixed with "PR") and a final report.

v. Handling your response

If you respond using the consultation hub, you will be directed to the About You page before submitting your response. Please indicate how you wish your response to be handled and, in particular, whether you are content for your response to published. If you ask for your response not to be published, it will be treated as confidential.

Please be aware that the Scottish Government is subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and would therefore have to consider any request made to it under the Act for information relating to responses made to this consultation exercise.

For more information see our privacy policy.

vi. Next steps in the process

After the closing date, all responses will be analysed and considered along with any other available evidence to help us. Responses containing consistently and strongly offensive or defamatory language may be wholly removed from analysis and publication.

Responses will then be published on Citizen Space (only if you have given permission for us to do so). If you use Citizen Space to respond, you will receive an acknowledgement email with a unique reference number.

An analysis report will also be made available. We will provide a summary of key issues, your responses and their outcomes in the We Asked, You Said, We Did section on Citizen Space.

vii. Comments and complaints

If you have any comments about how this consultation exercise has been conducted, please send them to policingconsultation2022@gov.scot or the contact address above.

viii. Scottish Government consultation process

Consultation is an essential part of the policy-making process. It gives us the opportunity to consider your opinion and expertise on a proposed area of work; can inform the development of policy proposals as well as helping us finalise legislation before it is implemented. You can find all our consultations online on Citizen Space.

Responses will be analysed and used as part of the decision making process, along with a range of other available information and evidence. We will publish a report of this analysis for every consultation.

While details of particular circumstances described in a response to a consultation exercise may usefully inform the policy process, consultation exercises cannot address individual concerns and comments, which should be directed to the relevant public body.


Email: policingconsultation2022@gov.scot

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