Family Liaison: Joint working with ACPOS and COPFS

A joint protocol between Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) and COPFS regarding keeping in touch with relatives in death investigations.


This protocol outlines the recommended procedures and practices to be followed by the Scottish Police Service and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) in Family Liaison during death investigations.

This document covers the roles of Family Liaison Officers and Victim Information and Advice (VIA), viewing identification and release of the body, intimation of initial court results, and the handover meeting.