24 June 2013
Freedom of Information Request: Operation Teal
Thank you for your e-mail of 1 April 2013 to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS). Your e-mail has been passed to me to reply.
Please accept my apologies for not replying to you within the specified timescales.
You have requested the following information in terms of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA):
(1) What was the cost incurred by Crown Office of the inquiry known as Operation Teal?; and
(2) What information, if any, can be released about the nature and/or detail of the allegations investigated during Operation Teal?
In relation to your first question, the information which is requested by you is not held by COPFS.
In relation to your second question I can confirm that COPFS received a report from Grampian Police relating to alleged incidents involving serving police officers of Tayside Police. The investigation considered whether there had been attempts to pervert the course of justice and whether police powers were misused to obtain evidence as well as allegations of theft.
After full and careful consideration of all of the available evidence, Crown Counsel instructed that no criminal proceedings should be taken on the basis of insufficient credible and reliable evidence. Crown Counsel are the senior, independent lawyers who take decisions on behalf of the Lord Advocate – ordinarily in the most serious types of case. In cases where an instruction is sought, Crown Counsel will provide an independent instruction on what, if any, action is appropriate in respect of any allegation.