Review on the use of the new emergency police powers within Scotland

Date: 25th June 2020

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Closing date: 1st September 2020

To tackle COVID-19, Police Scotland was given new powers. In light of these new powers, the Independent Advisory Group is keen to hear the views and experiences of members of the public in Scotland in relation to the policing of the pandemic since the start of the lockdown period.

The three main powers the police were given were:

  • To take someone home or take them to be tested if they were thought to be infectious.
  • To close a wide range of non-essential businesses.
  • To restrict people's rights to move around in public or be part of a gathering.

The Independent Advisory Group welcomes the views, thoughts, and experiences - both positive and negative – of policing during lockdown. Even if you have had no direct contact with the police, but still want to express your views the Independent Advisory Group welcomes this. Specifically, it wants to hear from children, young people and families, and those professionals working in children’s services or justice services.

  • Discover more and submit your views here