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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12650: Margaret Mitchell (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 10 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government in how many of the (a) criminal and (b) non-criminal complaints that the Police Scotland Professional Standards Division (PSD) has dealt with each year since 2013, which were referred to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the initial investigation was carried out by (A) PSD and (B) Police Scotland.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 22 November 2017

The Scottish Government do not hold the data requested.

The investigation of allegations of criminal conduct against police officers is a matter for the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) who can instruct Police Scotland or the independent Police Investigations and Review Commissioner to investigate. All such investigations are carried out under the independent direction and control of COPFS and Crown Counsel.

Non-criminal complaints dealt with by PSD are a matter for the designated deputy Chief Constable.

You may find the attached report, from Police Scotland’s Professional Standards department, of assistance:

http://www.scotland.police.uk/assets/pdf/138327/397941/psdstatisticalperformancereport-april2016-march2017