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Spotlight on fugitives from justice

The new single national police force is to include a new service dedicated to tracking down criminals who have fled abroad, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland has announced.

According to Chief Constable Stephen House, this service will improve the police’s ability to tackle criminals from overseas who commit crimes in Scotland and also criminals who commit crimes here and then leave the country.

Mr House said: “Smarter international engagement and co-operation will ensure that Scotland is a hostile place for criminals involved in serious organised crime and that neighbouring European country and nations further afield are hostile places for those fleeing Scottish justice.

“A dedicated International Unit within Police Scotland will ensure we continue to maintain and grow our connections to improve international police-to-police co-operation. A dedicated Fugitive Unit will have domestic and global reach to ensure those who flee crimes in Scotland or flee to Scotland are apprehended and brought to justice. The Fugitive Unit will be the first of its kind in Scotland and enable a national service to deliver real improvements for its local communities.”