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The force said it will identify officers and staff who speak Gaelic and those who wish to learn the language will be encouraged to do so, enabling more officers and staff to be involved in translation and production of materials.

Assistant chief constable, Andrew Cowie, said: “Following a successful public consultation, I am delighted the Police Scotland and Scottish Police Authority Gaelic Language Plans are being launched.

“The importance of upholding traditional and native languages cannot be underestimated and as a police service we recognise Gaelic as an important aspect of Scotland’s heritage.

“It also has a significant role to play in the overall wellbeing of communities and the country as a whole.

“I look forward with great enthusiasm to taking on the recommendations contained in the plan and developing the service’s involvement with Gaelic speakers and communities where Gaelic is the dominant tongue.”


Police to expand use of Gaelic

2 January 2017

Police Scotland has set out how it will use Gaelic throughout the service.

The language has been visual within Police Scotland, and its legacy forces, for many years and although the majority of Gaelic-speaking communities are in the Highlands and Islands region, they exist throughout Scotland and all are served by the national force.

Vehicles, signage and uniforms within the Highlands and Islands already carry Poileas Alba logo.

Under its new Gaelic language plan, this will be introduced across Scotland on a “cost-neutral basis,” so the the Police Scotland corporate logo will be displayed in both Gaelic and English on officers’ uniforms and vehicles.

The force helicopter, which is a national resource, is already dual branded.

Enhanced opportunities for the public to communicate with Police Scotland and the SPA in Gaelic, and receive responses in Gaelic.