Date lodged: 7 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it has used (a) other UK police forces and (b) the Civil Nuclear Constabulary at Dounreay for local policing issues.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 20 December 2017
Co-operation between Police Scotland and other UK police forces is an operational matter for Police Scotland and other UK forces. There are well established arrangements in place to facilitate mutual aid between UK police forces which is co-ordinated by the National Police Co-ordination Centre (NPoCC).
The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) can provide assistance to all UK forces under a collaboration agreement. The Scottish Government understands that Police Scotland have a very positive working relationship with the CNC at Dounreay. CNC dial into the Police Scotland daily tasking meeting which provides the opportunity to identify any issues which may have a joint impact. A Memorandum of Understanding, signed off at Chief Inspector level, is in place whenever Police Scotland utilise the CNC resource.