Police Scotland record almost 200 serious mistakes including 62 cases of officers going to wrong address

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The records, disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act, showed police were sent to the wrong address to deal with an ongoing knife crime incident.

A serious assault requiring the victim to have stitches was ignored, while officers did not respond to a report of “two males smashing windows of a car.”

In another case police could not find the location of an incident despite being given the longitude and latitude, while a separate report warned of “clear failings” when an area control room was busy.

Chief Superintendent Roddy Newbigging said: “We are committed to openness and transparency and designed our notable incident process to allow us to pinpoint areas where we can improve the service we offer.

“This has been a positive piece of work which identifies where we can offer additional training, change our processes or share organisational learning with our staff.”

Humza Yousaf, the SNP’s Justice Minister, said: ““The Tories have zero credibility on this issue, after voting against an increase in the police budget – and their role in failing pay back millions of pounds in VAT, which could be invested in Police Scotland.

“Following the government-initiated review of police call handling, these rare incidents are now being identified and acted upon.”



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