HMICS is a member of the Independent Advisory Group set up in April 2020 to review Police Scotland's use of temporary powers provided by coronavirus regulations. On the 6th July 2020 we published a summary of interviews HMICS conducted with police officers, supervisors and staff to get their perspective on using the legislation.
With the coronavirus regulations still in force, members of the IAG considered a follow up exercise would be beneficial given the length of time the regulations have been in place, the variances in restrictions that have occurred over time, and the public expectation that has been placed on the officers and staff from Police Scotland.
HMICS carried out interviews with frontline police officers, supervisors and call handlers to get their perspective on policing the pandemic. At the end of April and during the first week of May 2021 we carried out 32 interviews with officers, supervisors and staff from different parts of Scotland. The summary of these interviews is published here and will form part of a report that the IAG will submit to the SPA Board in August 2021.