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S5W-20899: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-20570 by Humza Yousaf on 9 January 2019, whether it will list the strategic, tactical and technological responses that the Scottish Prison Services uses to reduce drug use in prisons.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 22 January 2019

I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond.

SPS has established a Strategic Risk and Threat Group (SRTG) which is responsible for providing an overview of any emerging threats and for the deployment of resources and tactical options. The SRTG is responsible for the management of a national tasking log which supports planned programmes of large scale tactical searching across the estate. There is also an established Technical Support Unit which provides technical support and specialised equipment to support national search operations.

Tactical measures are supported by various technologies, including X-ray machines, body scanners and other equipment which will assist in detecting substances which may have been concealed. SPS also has a number of drug detection dogs to support the recovery of unauthorised substances. We also work closely with Police Scotland and others in intelligence lead activity to support our tactical tasking.

It would be inappropriate to place into the public domain specific detailed information on all the specific strategic, tactical and technological responses that are utilised to reduce drug use in Scottish prisons.