Date lodged: 5 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what training is available to police officers regarding the handling of rape cases, including officers carrying out first response.
Answered by: Annabelle Ewing 2 August 2016
The training of police officers is a matter for the Chief Constable. Police Scotland’s policing response is victim focused at all times and every police officer is given 'First Responder Training' during their initial course at the Police College of Scotland, this includes training which highlights the issues a victim faces when reporting sexual crime to the police. Police Scotland also has a cadre of experienced and dedicated Sexual Offences Liaison Officers who are specially trained to interview victims of sexual crime and provide the critical link between the victim and the enquiry team.