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Section 15.1. Law enforcement is the responsibility of Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Services Authority. Transport Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary perform duties within their respective jurisdictions. All police powers, responsibilities and duties are as prescribed by law.

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    Administrator #1  •  2020-08-16 22:55:04

    Section 15.1. Section 15.1. Law enforcement is the responsibility of Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Services Authority. Transport Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary perform duties within their respective jurisdictions. All police powers, responsibilities and duties are as prescribed by law.

      • alanhind

        Section 15.1. Surely a section should be included for the creation of a civil authority that oversees all complaints about the police,for too long the complaints system has been organised by the police themselves.

          • Arfem

            Section 15.1. Yes Alanhind - quis custodiet custodes? I preferred the old system of policing which was accountable to local government rather than the State. A National body should exist for coordinating certain National & supra-National functions but that wouldn't undermine local autonomy. Hope others will join this debate and perhaps move to a proposal in due course.

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      • echr8

        Section 15.1. Creation of Police Scotland instead of 8 regional forces was controversial, civil libertarians always had opposed a national police force at British level. It remains worse for civil liberties to have a national force than some local fragmentation. Hence wrong to slip a reference to a national force into the constitution.

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Proposed Amendment to Section 15.1.

  • LouMCowan

    Addition of a civil authority to oversee

    Section 15.1. Section 15.1. Law enforcement is the responsibility of Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Services Authority. Transport Police and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary perform duties within their respective jurisdictions. All police powers, responsibilities and duties are as prescribed by law. A Civil Authority will be set up to oversee complaints against the police.

      • Arfem

        Section 15.1. To say the least, Scotland’s National police service experiment has not proved popular. We should consider reinstating the police as a local service responsible primarily to a Regional Police Authority and accountable to the elected Regional Councils. A National Police Force would have overall authority and co-ordinate National and cross border initiatives, the Police College and the like. I would like to see an input here from responsible officers able to offer experienced advice in the capacity of ordinary citizens. Once a constitutional principle is proposed others can build on th

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