Police Scotland's core procedural guidance is captured in our Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

SOPs combine guidance, information and instruction for our officers and staff, describing in practical terms the work or activity to be carried out to ensure a fair and consistent approach is taken. 

There are other guidance documents which relate to and support our SOPs which officers and staff utilise on a daily basis e.g. 'Toolkits', 'Codes of Practice' and 'Aide Memoirs'.

Whilst SOPs set out processes and procedures it is recognised that there will be circumstances requiring action on the part of officers or staff which may require them to exercise professional judgement or discretion. In such circumstances officers and staff are expected to act fairly and may be called upon to justify their actions.
 
The SOPs / guidance documents with Equality Impact Assessments are available below. Equality Impact Assessments without corresponding SOPs in the public domain are available on our Equality Impact Assessment page.

 SOP EIA
Accelerated Careers Development Programme SOPEIA Summary of Results for Accelerated Careers Development Programme SOP
Accessing Scene Examination Services SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Accessing Scene Examination Services SOP
Adoption, Maternity and Paternity SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Adoption, Maternity and Paternity SOP

Adult Support and Protection SOPEIA Summary of Results for Adult Support and Protection SOP
Agency Workers Secondments Temporary Postings SOPEIA Summary of Results for Agency Workers Secondments  Temporary Postings SOP

Air Support Unit SOP 

EIA Summary of Results for Air Support Unit SOP

Allowances and Expenses SOPEIA Summary of Results for Allowances and Expenses SOP
Annual Leave and Public Holiday SOPEIA Summary of Results for Annual Leave and Public Holiday SOP
Antisocial Behaviour SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Antisocial Behaviour SOP

Appropriate Adults SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Appropriate Adults SOP

Attendance at Incidents involving Trams

EIA Summary of Results for Attendance at Incidents Involving Trams SOP

Attendance at Incidents on the Road Network SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Attendance at Incidents on the Road Network SOP

Attendance Management SOP

EqHRIA of Summary of Results SMS Absence Reporting

Business Continuity Management SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Business Continuity Management SOP

Capability (Attendance and Performance) SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Capability (Attendance and Performance) SOP
Care and Welfare of Persons in Police Custody SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Care and Welfare SOP 
Career Breaks SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Career Breaks SOP
Chief Constables Transfer Reimbursement of Expenses (Chief Officers) SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Chief Constables Transfer of Expenses SOP
Civic Licensing Law SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Civic Licensing SOP

Communications Data SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Communications Data SOP

Community Impact Assessment SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Community Impact Assessment

Complaints About the Police SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results Complaints About the Police SOP

Conduct Regulations SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Conduct Regulations SOP

Contact Management SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Contact Management SOP

Corporate Identity SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Corporate Identity SOP

Counterfeit currency SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Counterfeit currency SOP

Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Covert Human Intelligence Sources (CHIS) SOP

Crime Recording SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Crime Recording SOP

Dangerous Dogs SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Dangerous Dogs SOP

Data Protection SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Data Protection SOP

Death in Service SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Death in Service SOP
Diploma in Police Service Leadership Management SOPEIA Summary of Results for Diploma in Police Service Leadership  Management SOP
Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland SOPEIA Summary of Results for Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse Scotland SOP

Drink, Drugs (Railways, Marine and Aviation) SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Drink, Drugs (Railways, Marine and Aviation) SOP

Driver Improvement Scheme SOP 

EIA Summary of Results for Driver Improvement Scheme SOP

Driver and Vehicle Licensing SOPEIA Summary of Results for Driver and Vehicle Licensing SOP
Election Duties SOPEIA Summary of Results for Election Duties SOP
Electronic Monitoring of Offenders SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Electronic Monitoring of Offenders SOP
Equality, Diversity and Dignity SOPEIA Summary of Results for Equality, Diversity and Dignity SOP
Equality and Diversity Monitoring SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Equality and Diversity Monitoring SOP
Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Equality and Human Rights Impact Assessment SOP
Fingerprints SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Fingerprints SOP

Flexible Working SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Flexible Working SOP

Flying of Flags SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Flying of Flags SOP

Football Banning Orders SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Football Banning Orders SOP

Football Policing SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Football Policing SOP

Forms (Creating, Reviewing and Managing)

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Forms SOP 

Fraud and Economic Crime SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Fraud and Economic Crime SOP

Freedom of Information SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Freedom of Information SOP

Gambling SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Gambling SOP

Gifts, gratuities, hospitality and sponsorship SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Gifts, gratuities, hospitality and sponsorship SOP

Governance of the Police Scotland Record Set SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Governance of the Police Scotland Record Set SOP

Honour Based Violence Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation SOP

EIA Summary of Results for HBV, FM and FGM SOP

Hate Crime SOPEIA Summary of Results for Hate Crime SOP
Health and Wellbeing SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Health and Wellbeing SOP

HO/RT Procedure SOP

EIA Summary of Results for HORT SOP

Homeless, Destitute and Stranded Persons SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Homeless, Destitute and Stranded Persons SOP

Humane Animal Dispatch SOP

EqRIA Summary of Results for Humane Animal Dispatch SOP

ICT Acceptable Use of Computer Systems SOP

EIA Summary of Results will be published shortly

Incident Prioritisation and Response SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Incident Prioritisation and Response SOP

SOP will be published in due course

EIA Summary of Results for Information Security SOP

Internet Research and Investigations SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Internet Research and Investigations SOP
Interpreting and Translating Services SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Interpreting and Translating Services SOP
Investigation of Death SOPEIA Summary of Results for Investigation of Death SOP
Leavers SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Leavers SOP
Legionella SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Legionella SOP
Liquor Licensing SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Liquor Licensing SOP

Local Days of Action SOP

EIA Summary of Results for LDA SOP

Mail Management SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results Mail Management SOP
Major Incidents - Initial Response Roles and Structures SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results Major Incident SOP
Management and Development of Probationary Sergeants SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Management and Development of Probationary Sergeants SOP
Management Development of Probations SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Management Development of Probations SOP
Market Supplement SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Market Supplement SOP

Media SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Media SOP

Mental Health and Place of Safety SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Mental Health and Place of Safety SOP

Missing Person Investigation SOPEIA Summary of Results for Missing Person Investigation SOP
Mounted Unit SOPEIA Summary of Results for Mounted Unit Branch SOP
Notebooks and PDAs SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Notebooks and PDAs SOP
Notifiable Associations SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Notifiable Associations SOP
Organisational Change Communication and Consultation SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Organisational Change Communications and C...
Parental Leave SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Parental Leave SOP

Parking Abandoned Vehicles and Vehicle Excise Licensing SOP

EIA Summary of Results Parking, Abandoned Vehicles and Vehicle Excise Licensing SOP

Pedlars SOPEIA Summary of Results for Pedlars SOP
Police Dog Unit SOPEqhRIA Summary of Results for Police Dog Unit SOP
Proceeds of Crime SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Proceeds of Crime SOP
Productions SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Productions SOP

Prohibitions SOP 

EIA Summary of Results for Prohibitions SOP

Public Order SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Public Order SOP

Record Retention SOPEIA Summary of Results for Record Retention SOP

Registration of Foreign Nationals SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Registration of Foreign Nationals SOP

Request for Personal Information SOPEIA Summary of Results for Request for Personal Information SOP
Risk Management Process SOPEIA Summary of Results for Risk Management SOP
Road Traffic Collisions SOPEIA Summary of Results for Road Traffic Collisions SOP

Royalty and VIP Planning SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Royalty and VIP Planning and Protection SOP

Safety Camera Unit SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Safety Camera Unit SOP

Security Incident Reporting and Management SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Security Incident Reporting SOP

Seizure of Vehicles SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Seizure of Vehicles SOP

Semaphore Remote Access SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Semaphore Remote Access SOP

Service of Legal Documents SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Service of Legal Documents SOP

Sex Offenders Notification Requirements SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Sex Offenders Notification Requirements SOP
Shared Parental Leave SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Shared Parental Leave SOP

Smoking at Work SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Smoking at Work SOP
Special Constabulary  SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results will follow in due course.
Special Leave SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Special Leave SOP

Speeding SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Speeding SOP

Stop and Search SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Stop and Search SOP

Suspension from Duty SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Suspension from Duty SOP

Tracker Stolen Vehicle Tracking System SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Tracker Stolen Vehicle Tracking System SOP

Transgender People in Employment SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Transgender People in Employment SOP

Trauma Risk Management SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Trauma Risk Management SOP will be published in due course

Unacceptable, Persistent and Unreasonable Actions by Complainers SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Unacceptable, Persistent and Unreasonable Actions by Complainers SOP

Use of Force SOPEqHRIA Summary of Results for Use of Force SOP

Use of Personal Mobile Phone Whilst on Duty SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Use of Personal Mobile Phone Whilst on Duty SOP

SOP will be published in due course

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Use of Social Media

Uniform and Appearance Standards (Police Officers) SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for the Uniform and Appearance Standards (Police Officers) SOP

Vehicle Defect Reflection Scheme SOP

EIA Summary of Results for Vehicle Defect Rectification Scheme SOP

Visitors to Police Premises SOP

EqHRIA Summary of Results for Visitors to Police Premises SOP
Warrants PSoS SOP