Following the new measures announced by UK and Scottish Governments to increase social distancing last night, I understand that officers and staff will rightly have questions about what that means for them depending on the role they perform.
We are all mindful of the critical role Police Scotland plays in the day-to-day life in our country. The organisation is a frontline emergency service and our role is more crucial than ever in times of crisis.
Everyone who works within the organisation, regardless of rank or role, has an essential part to play in the service we provide to keep people safe, be that as frontline police officers, or supporting our operational response.
Whilst we recognise that many of you will face challenges with caring responsibilities, we know that you will wish to play your part in supporting this national crisis. Therefore, you may be required to report for duty at a different location or in a different role to the one you normally occupy.
Department leads will communicate to their staff what at this time they consider to be 'business critical' areas where we require optimum staffing levels with immediate effect. Regardless of where you work, or what role you perform, as a member of Police Scotland you can make a significant contribution to the effort.
Where a department lead confirms that their critical areas are covered, the priority will then be to redeploy excess staff to other critical areas. If this is not achievable then managers will encourage you to work from home or in some instances ask staff to go home. If this happens, staff must be aware that as the situation develops, the organisation may be in touch to ask staff to assist the service by agreeing to be redeployed into other business critical areas.
It is vital that all staff keep in touch with their line managers during this critical period. Where, redeploy is not practical, for example, due to self-isolation, staff are encouraged to work from home and deliver what they can.
If you can be available for work we need you to do what you can, where you can, when you can.
I am grateful for your continued commitment and focus on public service.
Iain Livingstone QPM