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.

Click the links below to view the SOPs and Summaries by title.

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