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Scottish Police College

Scottish Police College
Scottish Police College Coat-of-arms
Location Tulliallan Castle, Kincardine, Scotland
Motto in English Be Wise, Be Circumspect
Architectural style Castle
Status Active
Principal ACC John Gates

The Scottish Police College is based at Tulliallan Castle, in Kincardine-on-Forth.

Since 1 April 2013, the college has been under the control of the Police Service of Scotland.

In addition to probationer training, the college provides training in various specialist areas, such as Road Policing, Criminal Investigation, and training for newly promoted officers.

The motto of the college is, BI GLIC - BI GLIC, which is the cry of the Oystercatcher which translates from Gaelic as ' Be Wise, Be Circumspect '.[1] Oystercatchers can be found throughout the grounds of the college. The College Crest depicts two Oystercatchers surrounding the crest of the Scottish Police Service which is in itself surrounded by two books to signify learning.


  • History 1
  • Divisions 2
    • Probationer Training Division 2.1
    • Roads Policing Division 2.2
    • Crime Management Division 2.3
    • Leadership and Management Division 2.4
  • Facilities 3
  • Police Scotland 4
  • Scottish Police Memorial 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Tulliallan Castle, a 160-year-ld mixture of Gothic and Italian style architecture set amid some 90 acres (360,000 m2) of parkland just north of where the Kincardine Bridge spans the River Forth, is the home of the Scottish Police College.[1]

The castle was built for George Keith Elphinstone (Admiral Lord Keith, one time senior officer of Lord Nelson), from money received from prize ships. Construction was carried out by a labour force said to include French prisoners of war.

During the Second World War Tulliallan Castle was used by the Free Polish Army as its headquarters in Scotland.[1]

Prior to the Second World War there was no central training for police officers in Scotland, but immediately thereafter it was decided that probationer constables from all forces should be trained centrally and that some training for more senior officers should also be provided. The result was Tulliallan, purchased in 1950 by the then Scottish Home Department for £9,100. The building was modernised and renovated and the first courses for inspectors and sergeants began in 1954.[1]


Probationer Training Division

All new recruits to the Police Service of Scotland undergo an Initial Training Course at the college which lasts 12 weeks and culminates in a Passing out Parade.

During this course recruits undergo training in various areas of policing including Crime, Evidence, General Police Duties, Roads Policing, and Investigative Skills.[2]

In addition to classroom based activity, recruits also undergo Officer Safety Training, teaching them the skills of unarmed combat, baton techniques, handcuff techniques, and the use of CS spray.

Recruits also undergo intensive physical training, in various forms including circuits, bleep tests, forest runs, and are required to pass the Scottish Police Fitness Test.

Probationer Training Division is split into three sub-divisions, with each division running approximately five weeks behind the other in the 12 week time table.[2]

Following Passing Out, officers are on probation for two years. During this time Probationary Officers attend local training centres to undertake further assessment and fitness testing.

Roads Policing Division

A Driver Training unit was formed at the college in 1964. It was later known as the Traffic Division, and more recently the Roads Policing Division. The change in name reflects the new name adopted by the Police Service for this aspect of policing.[2]

The Roads Policing Division is responsible for training all officer within the Scottish Forces who join their force Roads Policing Unit, the division offers a number of courses, including,

  • Basic Road Patrol Officer Course
  • Advanced Police Driver Training
  • Pursuit Management
  • Police Motorcyclist Training
  • Tachograph Examination Training
  • Vehicle Examiner Training [2]

Crime Management Division

In 1981 Detective Training also came to Tulliallan, this now falls within the remit of Crime Management Division, which amongst other things, is primarily focused in the training of Detective Officers.

Some of the courses covered by this division include;

  • Initial Detective Training
  • Advanced Detective Training
  • Senior Investigating Officers Course
  • Drug Squad Training
  • Child Protection Training
  • Crime Scene Management
  • Family Liaison Officer Training [3]

Leadership and Management Division

Leadership and Management Division are responsible for the training of newly promoted officers, as well as officers undergoing training for promotion.


The college benefits from custom built Scenario Training Rooms, which have been built to replicate common places in which police officers may find themselves. The college has the following Scenario Rooms;[3]

  • Bank
  • Shop (fully stocked with groceries etc.)
  • Bedsit
  • Pub
  • Court Room

The college also boasts lecture theatre that seats 202 students.

Police Scotland

The Scottish Police College has been the headquarters of Police Scotland since 1 April 2013.

Scottish Police Memorial

The Flag of the Scottish Police Memorial Trust

The Scottish Police Memorial, a memorial to all Scottish police officers to have lost their lives in the line of duty, is located within the grounds of the college, near to the entrance of the College and faces the main buildings. It is sheltered by established trees and is landscaped, affording both presence and privacy.

The memorial comprises three large marble stones, which carry the names of all Scottish police officers to have lost their lives in the line of duty

The stones sit in an area that has been transformed into a landscaped garden, with seating and shrubbery, affording privacy to visitors. A flagpole at the entrance to the area adjoins the main road through the college, and flies the specially commissioned memorial flag.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d
  2. ^ a b c d SPC Prospectus
  3. ^ a b Scottish Police College Website
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External links

  • Official website
  • Virtual Tour of the Scottish Police College
  • Scottish Police Services Authority
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