The outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) is presenting an unprecedented and dynamic set of challenges and, to support health professionals and maximise public safety, the policing response is crucial.
To protect ourselves and to be able to provide that response, it is vital that we look after our own and each other's welfare. Police Scotland, working closely with staff associations and unions, will do all we can to provide the information and equipment you require during this time of uncertainty and change.
Regular updates, guidance and answers to questions are to be found on the service's coronavirus intranet briefing here.
This will be our primary channel of internal communication. We will use this site to provide you with information directly and sign-post the latest advice from the NHS and government.
It is essential that we all pay careful attention to these messages and follow the guidance provided.
Officers and staff should follow health hygiene guidelines, including washing hands correctly with warm water and soap, to help mitigate any risk.
Should you have concerns which are not addressed through these briefings, please speak with your line manager.
The coming weeks and months will be demanding, and there will be significant additional duties that we are required to discharge during this critical period. These are unprecedented times and I recognise uncertainty and anxiety will exist as we meet the challenges that arise. I am grateful for your forbearance and resilience as circumstances and guidance change on a daily basis.
I am also grateful for the planning and preparation that has been done up until now. Over the last 24 hours there has been new and significant updates in the guidance from government and health officials and I have therefore initiated a stepping-up of our preparations. I have appointed Deputy Chief Constable Malcolm Graham to take strategic lead on behalf of the organisation and all police officers and members of staff will be asked to contribute to our efforts in relation to coronavirus.
I am confident that by working together, as a collective, we can continue to provide a first class policing response as we seek to keep the country safe. You, the officers and staff of Police Scotland, are a credit to the country and I know that you will keep public service at the heart of all that you do. Our duty is to continue to provide policing to protect our fellow citizens as best we can.
Thank you for your continued professionalism and commitment. Please look after yourselves, your families and each other as we, as a service, respond to the coronavirus outbreak.
Iain Livingstone QPM