Police Scotland was established on 1 April 2013 and is responsible for policing across the whole of Scotland. This is some 28,168 square miles, covering a third of the United Kingdom’s landmass with a unique range of urban, rural, island and remote communities.
It is the second largest force in the UK after the Metropolitan Police. There's a workforce of 23,000 officers and staff working together for the people of Scotland.
Police Scotland’s purpose is to improve the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities in Scotland. This focuses on keeping people safe in line with our values of integrity, fairness and respect. For information visit the About Police Scotland page.
Read the Annual Policing Plan 2022-23 (PDF).
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