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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5O-02004: Martin, Gillian (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 18 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to ensure that people who repeatedly perpetrate online harassment are identified and investigated by the police.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 25 April 2018

Police Scotland's advice to the public is clear. If it is illegal off-line, it is illegal online. The investigation of alleged crimes is an operational matter for Police Scotland, taking account of any directions to the Police issued by the Lord Advocate.

The Policing 2026 strategy emphasises Police Scotland’s commitment to improving its cyber-capability in order to respond to online crimes.