Independent Advisory Group Webinar
The Independent Advisory Group on Police Scotland’s Use of Temporary Powers relating to the Coronavirus Crisis (IAG) has hosted a webinar discussing issues identified as part of its oversight of Police Scotland's use of the new powers.
The IAG reports on its work to regular meetings of the Scottish Police Authority. At the Authority meeting on 30 June, Authority members requested a stand-alone session to enable them to consider the extensive work being undertaken by the Group in more detail. The webinar took place virtually on 30 July 2020 and was streamed live for interested parties to follow the discussion.
The webinar was chaired by Dr Liz Aston, Director of Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) and focussed on evidence of the overall impact, policing practice, and public perspectives; equalities and human rights perspectives and lessons learned.
Presentations were given by Diego Quiroz of the Scottish Human Rights Commission, Dr Catriona Stewart of the Scottish Women's Network and Maria Galli of the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland to highlight the disproportionate impact the pandemic had on their members. Dr Susan McVie, Chair of Quantitative Criminology within the University of Edinburgh’s School of Law, presented the extensive data analysis that is being undertaken to measure the impact of policing.
David Crichton, Interim Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, said: "At our June meeting, members were clear that they wanted more time and space to fully consider the breadth and depth of the IAG's work to date.
"Today's webinar afforded the opportunity to hear the range of views and experience available across the group and get a detailed understanding of the truly innovative work being carried out by the IAG. The impact of the real time feedback being demonstrated by the group provides a marker for future scrutiny of policing which is something the Board appreciate and will look to adopt in its own scrutiny approach."
You can watch the webinar again at the following link: IAG - Webinar 30 July 2020