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Reports received from Police Scotland (R009615)

Reports received from Police Scotland (R009615)

Thank you for your e-mail of 5 February 2015 in which you requested the following information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):

“Please could you provide the annual number of reports received from Police Scotland, number of staff assigned to, average number of days to decide to prosecute, for general population versus Criminal Allegations Against the Police.”

It may assist if I firstly explain that COPFS uses a live operational case management system.  It is designed to meet our Department’s business needs in relation to the processing of cases and the information within it is structured accordingly. We do not have a separate statistical database, and hold only operational data needed for business purposes.   That said, we have been able to retrieve from the electronic system the statistical information you have requested in relation to the total number of criminal reports received regarding complaints against police officers and for additional information have also provide the total number of criminal reports received from Police Scotland. You should be aware that the statistics provided below vary from those published on the COPFS web-site. The published figures include reports submitted from Specialist Reporting Agencies other than Police Scotland. Your request was specific to reports received from Police Scotland, and the figures provided are restricted to the number of their reports to COPFS.

As you did not specify a time scale for the information I have provided data for the last three financial years.

Financial year

2011 to 2012

2012 to 2013

2013 to 2014

Total number of criminal reports received from Police Scotland

247,351

247,816

265,643

Total number of criminal reports received from Police Scotland regarding Complaints against Police Officers

678

596

484



In relation to the number of staff assigned and the average number of days to decide to prosecute, this information is not recorded and as a result is not held in terms of section 17 of FOISA.

You may find it of interest to refer to the Prosecution Code which sets out the criteria for decision making and the range of options available to prosecutors dealing with reports of crime.