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This is a Police Scotland document entitled Housebreaking Advice – not a very well worded title as I’m sure they mean Stop Criminals Housebreaking (or words to that effect!).

The content is good though, so please use it and pass it onto your loved ones.Housebreaking Advice


Lone police officers to offer verification check to members of the public

Please find below information shared by Inspector Allen Shaw.

The process has been well circulated on Police and other national media/social media platforms but Allen is keen to get the word spread to as many people as possible.  As always he is happy to take any  queries.

[email protected]

Police Scotland is immediately introducing a simple officer verification process to provide reassurance to any member of the public who may be concerned about whether or not they are being spoken to by a genuine police officer working alone.

The move follows the understandable public concern surrounding the horrendous murder of Sarah Everard.

On duty officers operating on their own will now proactively offer to carry out a verification check for anyone they come across who appears to be concerned for their safety. A member of the public can also request that a verification check be done.

Although police officers normally work in pairs in Scotland and it is very rare for a lone police officer to approach a member of the public, there are occasions when this could happen.

The new process, introduced on Saturday, 2 October, will allow for the officer’s personal radio to be put on loudspeaker and for an officer or member of police staff in a Police Scotland Control Room to confirm that the officer is who they say they are, that they are on duty and the reason the officer is speaking to the member of the public.

The Control Room will then create an incident number which can be displayed on the officer’s mobile phone or radio to confirm the broadcast message details.

In the even rarer situation where a lone off-duty officer has to become involved in an incident, the officer will call 999 and allow the member of the public to speak to the control room on the phone. Uniformed colleagues will also be dispatched as quickly as possible.

Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr said: “Our officers work, on a daily basis and across every community in Scotland, with absolute professionalism to protect the vulnerable and keep people safe in line with our core values of integrity, fairness and respect and a commitment to upholding human rights. Public confidence and consent is critical to our legitimacy, and our ability to keep our communities and citizens safe.

“The appalling circumstances of Sarah Everard’s murder have deeply affected people and many are now understandably concerned about verifying an officer’s identity. Police Officers will, of course, continue to approach any member of the public who appears distressed or vulnerable, to offer support and assistance.

“However, although it is rare for a lone police officer to have to speak to a member of the public in Scotland, we absolutely recognise our responsibility to introduce an additional means of verification to provide further reassurance to anyone, in particular women who may feel vulnerable, and who might be concerned if they find themselves in this situation.

“The onus is on us, as a police service, to proactively offer this additional verification process to any member of the public who appears distressed, vulnerable or frightened. Police officers always carry photographic identification and will be happy to provide further reassurance about who they are and their reason for speaking with someone if requested.”

Kind Regards,

Lesley Robertson
Community Planning Officer K & M
Aberdeenshire Council
Arduthie Road
Stonehaven AB39 2DQ
Tel: 01467 532782
Mob: 07500 124479
(2.5 days, worked flexibly)

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This pdf one is a bit small for reading easily, but just click the Full Screen image pointer and you’ll see it very clearly in full screen size. Just click “esc” to close it and get back onto normal screen size. K-M WWH leaflet May 2021