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26 September 2019 | For Police
Learning Point Issue 15 - September 2019
In Learning Point Issue 15, we look at how to ensure the safety of those being transported in police vehicles, drawing on examples from recent investigations. We also take a closer look at our investigations statistics and offer advice on what information to provide when referring an incident to the PIRC and how this may avoid the need for a full investigation.
Issue 15 also identifies the recurring issues faced by our Review Team when dealing with statements supplied by police officers. Elsewhere, we explore how much enquiry is required when responding to a complaint from a member of the public.
This edition is the first in a brand new format. The biannual publication now incorporates the learning and outcomes from the work of our Investigation Team as well as our Review Team.
Drawing on examples from our investigations, we look at how police enquiries may have produced different – potentially lifesaving – results had officers spoken directly to those who reported incidents.
Issue 14 also explores problems relating to the seizure and analysis of CCTV footage in police complaints handling and looks at the value of CCTV in responding to complaints.
This edition of Learning Point focuses on the recurring issues we have identified in how Police Scotland responds to complaints. It also examines common issues which police complaint handlers face when reaching determinations and composing response letters.