£7m on Brexit contingency planning for Police Scotland
A Brexit contingency planning report due to be discussed by the Scottish Police Authority has revealed that Police Scotland have spent more than £7 million on planning for Brexit.
The report has revealed that a planning team are preparing the force for any civil unrest and demonstrations, while a separate delivery team is planning to ensure international investigations and intelligence-sharing are maintained post-Brexit.
The number of officers working in the force's international bureau has been increased and arrangements made to exchange biometric data such as DNA, fingerprints and vehicle registration details with EU member states.
A ‘force reserve’ has been established since the start of August, located in five hubs across Scotland, with officers having already been deployed at events including football fixtures, Extinction Rebellion activity and Edinburgh's summer festivals.