This inspection, which forms part of our published scrutiny programme, aims to assess the state, effectiveness and efficiency of local policing in Dumfries and Galloway Division. It is the fourth inspection in our Local Policing+ Inspection Programme.
Each inspection focuses on specific issues that are topical at that point in time or are particularly relevant to the local area. During our inspection of Dumfries and Galloway Division, we examined in greater detail the division’s management of cross-boundary crime and have reported our findings relating to cross-boundary crime under the ‘partnerships’ section of this report.
During our inspections of each local policing division in Scotland, we also take the opportunity to inspect police custody facilities located in that division. On this occasion we have inspected the primary custody facilities at Dumfries and Stranraer, as well as visiting all eight ancillary custody centres across the division. These regular inspections of custody contribute to the United Kingdom’s response to its international obligations under the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). We have reported our findings at Part 2 of this report.
We carried out our inspection between November 2015 and February 2016.