Police Scotland

Responsibility for policing throughout Scotland and for keeping people safe.


After a crime: your rights

Your rights as a victim or witness of crime – includes information on the Victims' Code for Scotland and the Standards of Service for victims and witnesses.

Being arrested: your rights

Includes powers of arrest, rights in custody, legal advice at the police station, young people and vulnerable adults.

Being charged with a crime

What happens if the police charge you with a crime. Includes being released on an undertaking or kept in police custody until your first court hearing.

Complain about the police

How to complain about the police using their procedure or by contacting the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner.

Contact the police

Contact the police by calling 999 to report emergencies or by calling 101 for non-emergencies.

Football Banning Orders

A court can ban you from attending all football matches in Scotland, the rest of the UK and abroad for up to 10 years.

Forced marriage

What to do if you're trying to stop a forced marriage in Scotland or overseas, or if you need help leaving a marriage you've been forced into.

Hate crime: support

Crimes committed against someone because of their disability, gender-identity, race, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

Report a missing person

Report a missing person to Police Scotland. You don’t need to wait 24 hours before contacting the police.

Sex Offenders Register

If someone is convicted of a sexual offence, their details will be held on the Sex Offenders Register.

Staying safe in winter weather

Information on keeping safe during winter weather including staying safe when travelling, grit bins, loss of utilities, frozen or burst pipes and snow and flooding.

Staying safe online

Information about staying safe online, including: social media, apps, online fraud, cyber bullying, deleting your browser history and reporting online crime to the police.

Why report a crime?

Find out about your rights and the support that's available if you decide to report a crime.

Youth crime: support

How to report a crime committed by a person under the age of 16, and what support is available.