Welcome to the Independent Advisory Group (IAG) review on the use of the new emergency police powers within Scotland


Message from John Scott QC, Chair of the IAG

John Scott QC photoThe Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is the biggest global challenge that humanity has faced for generations. In an effort to tackle the disease, police officers were given unprecedented new powers to stop the spread of the virus.

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 main task of the IAG is to examine the way Police Scotland has used its new powers and the impact this has had on people’s attitudes and behaviours.  

The IAG is keen to hear the experiences and views of members of the public in Scotland in relation to the policing of the pandemic since the start of the lockdown period which began on 23 March 2020.  

To find out more visit the IAG website.

This call for evidence was launched on 1st June 2020. It is intended that it will run until 31 October 2020

Email: COVID19IndependentAdvisoryGroup@spa.pnn.police.uk

The IAG will be reporting in public at the Scottish Police Authority’s monthly meetings.

Open Consultations

  • Call for evidence: COVID-19 Police powers review

    We welcome the views, thoughts and experiences – both positive and negative – of those who have had contact with the police in relation to the Coronavirus during this period and those who have not had direct experience of contact with the police but who wish to express their views. We... More

    Closes 31 October 2020