Extension of Recorded Police Warning Guidelines Confirmed

22 September, 2021

The Lord Advocate has today (22nd September) confirmed an extension of the Recorded Police Warning Guidelines to include possession offences for Class A drugs, in a statement made to Parliament. The extension, which Police officers may therefore choose to issue a Recorded Police Warning for simple possession offences for all classes of drugs, was a key recommendation of the Taskforce Drug Law Reform Report, which was published on September 6th. 

The full briefing on the statement is available here.

Professor Catriona Matheson said:

‘I welcome this change which demonstrates important progress in Scotland towards a public health approach. This change was a key recommendation of the Drug Law Reform Report and I’m pleased to see the Crown Office giving the police the power to respond in a way that is proportionate and avoids unnecessary involvement in the criminal justice system as well as any associated stigma. The Crown Office have been active and valued members of the Taskforce since its inception and I believe their involvement has positively influenced the work of the Taskforce.’