Trust in Police Scotland more than twice that in the Met but Labour and Tory MPs go to US for ideas!

From Politics Home today:

A group of Conservative and Labour MPs are making a trip to the United States this week to learn from the police forces in New York City and Dallas.​ The Home Affairs Select Committee, a cross-party committee of MPs which scrutinises the work of the Home Office on policing and a range of other areas, is carrying out an inquiry into national policing priorities, in the wake of a string of scandals involving the Metropolitan Police in particular.

In February 2023, YouGov found:

Half of Londoners (51%) say they don’t trust the Metropolitan Police very much or at all, compared to 42% who say they do tend to trust them.

Surveys in 2020 and 2021, in Scotland, found:

Trust in policing was at 87% [Scottish Household Survey] – second only to the health services. This high level of trust in policing was replicated in the 2021 Understanding Scotland report.


Why didn’t any of the Sottish Labour/Tory MPs mention this and save massive travel costs to US police forces even less trusted than the Met?


8 thoughts on “Trust in Police Scotland more than twice that in the Met but Labour and Tory MPs go to US for ideas!

  1. Because they wanted their cronies to have a junket and know that these cronies will return the compliment, by sanction a visit to Bali to study carbon capture and storage.

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  2. MPs from Unionist parties may feel unable to acknowledge publicly the quality, the expertise of Police Scotland in this regard. But law enforcement bodies in the USA and elsewhere in the world do, in this subject and others.

    This is from May 2022: ‘Police Scotland hosts American officers in policing masterclass’


    ‘Police Scotland senior officers have come together with their opposite numbers from American police departments in an effort to improve public trust and confidence in policing in both countries.

    ‘For several years, Police Scotland has been involved with work with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and 14 senior officers travelled from Scotland to Washington DC to meet colleagues from a number of American agencies to take part in the latest phase of the International Collaboration on Policing (ICoP) masterclass in March 2022.

    ‘The programme’s vision is to share experience and improvement ideas on legitimacy while enabling the development of strategic leaders and effective networks.’

    And: ‘Fifteen American delegates from major police departments, including New York, Los Angeles and Tucson, made a reciprocal visit to Scotland last week (17-22 May, 2022).

    ‘They heard about the reform journey of Police Scotland, before touring the Scottish Parliament, learning about Parliamentary and Royal Protection policing operations, and from Chief Superintendent Sean Scott on policing the capital.’

    We learn this from Deputy Chief David Lazar of San Francisco Police Department who participated in the masterclass : “The international collaboration on policing between Police Scotland and US agencies has been powerful and extremely impactful for us, personally and professionally.

    “We have been able to learn from one another on meaningful topics such as building trust and legitimacy in the communities we serve. Our professional engagement with one another allows us to learn best practice in policing, resulting in improved police service at a local level.”

    Such international collaborations are longstanding. This from the New York Times on 11 December 2015: ‘Scottish police officers simulated a riot at the Jackton training center in Glasgow, Scotland, where police leaders from throughout the United States gathered to discuss department tactics.’

    The Scotsman on 26 July 2021 reported: ‘First Minister Nicola Sturgeon opens Police Scotland’s new International Academy supporting human rights around the world’

    ‘The academy, based at Police Scotland Headquarters, Tulliallan, enables shared learning across the world.

    ‘Among other projects, the academy will welcome senior police officers from the United States to attend the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Executive Institute – the first time the executive training course has been held outside the US in more than ten years.’

    ‘Police Scotland has also delivered three online workshops with officers in Colombia, focusing on violence prevention approaches in Glasgow and community engagement approaches in Edinburgh.’

    The Scotsman also notes: ‘Policing in Scotland has been engaged in international development programmes for decades including inbound study visits to Scotland, as well as outbound deployments of officers and staff around the world, with a particular focus on the Scottish Government’s partner countries via the African Programme in Malawi and Zambia.

    ‘In Sri Lanka, Police Scotland is half way through a three-year programme of work, funded by the British High Commission in Colombo, which is focused on community policing, the prevention and investigation of Sexual and Gender Based Violence and supporting gender equality in policing.

    ‘A strong relationship has also been established and maintained with the Police Executive Research Forum, based in the USA, following a visit by American police chiefs to Scotland in 2016.

    ‘A study at that time of the de-escalation techniques used by Scottish officers led to the development of the US ICAT (Integrating Communications, Assessment and Tactics) model which has been rolled out by a number of US law enforcement organisations, including the New York Police Department.’

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  3. It’s a Westminster jolly…
    MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee may well scrutinise the work of the Home Office, but there are damned few if any instances of them influencing HMG policing policy over the last 60 years.

    This is perfectly demonstrated by their attempts to get answers from looney-tunes Home Secretary Sue-Ellen Braverman on anything, in this her second opportunity to screw things up…

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  4. The Tangers fiasco, the Salmond show trial, the camper van confusion. All malicious complaint. Wasting £Billions of taxpayers monies. Unionists at the helm. Policeman plod being used. Wasting £Billions of taxpayers money. A complete waste of time and space for political reasons. What happened to justice. The Police budget should be cut. Until there is an end to malicious complain and complete and utter confusion. What’s the point of it? The unionists wasting public money.

    200 knife deaths increase in London S/E a year because of austerity. The culprits on a jolly. Cutting all essential services and facilities. Killing people.


  5. 16,000 gun deaths in the US a year,

    600 homicides in the UK. Pro rata much less. A higher prison pop in the US pro rata,, The Westminster pychophants cannot count or read a balance sheet. Or analyse statistics. Westminste4 failure. £Billions wasted on Brexit, Covid and other failures. Killing excess number of people, Eternal war to line the unionist pockets. Abject failure. The Ballot Box awaits.

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  6. Good Morning all,We have all been bombarded with how NS went and thousands of cash has gone police all over the garden dodgy campervan they are still on it,why I wonder is there no police involved in the story below if it was in Scotland DRoss and his mafia would be all over it but as itis in England itwill have nothing to do with him will be his excuse.
    Have a good read.

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