Date lodged: 27 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that there is a lack of railway policing experience among (a) the Scottish Police Authority and (b) Police Scotland's senior officers.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 18 April 2018
Police Scotland are analysing training needs to ensure the railway policing specialism is future proofed and preserved. In the course of the Railways Policing (Scotland) Bill, Police Scotland confirmed the intention would be to maintain a specialist railway policing function within the broader Police Scotland structure. Parliament was assured by Police Scotland that specialist knowledge, skills and experience of BTP officers and staff would be protected and maintained.
The Scottish Police Authority holds both the Chief Constable to account for the policing of Scotland, and the Chief Officer of the SPA to account for its role as employer of staff and the delivery of services to the board and policing.