Please find enclosed a press release which was issued yesterday on behalf of the POA in Scotland, and the Scottish Police Federation.

We have written to the SPS today raising some enquiries and concerns we have around various issues that have either been raised with us by you, or from information we have come to be aware of ourselves.


To bring to your attention at the National Coronavirus Response Group (NCRG) meeting on Monday 1st June, it was mentioned that SPS are still awaiting updated guidance in relation to those who are ‘shielding’.

As of Monday, 25th May, the Scottish National Committee welcomed three new committee members, John Devine, Karen Ewen and Jim McCabe.

Following the appointment of Phil Fairlie to the post of Assistant General Secretary for Scotland, and his notice to all SPS sites earlier today: Please note that Mr Mick Grattan, currently the Vice Chair, will take up the post of Acting Chair of POA Scotland from Monday 20th April.


POA (Scotland) have for many years offered members valuable Life insurance cover. This has paid out several millions of pounds over the years to the families of members who have sadly prematurely lost their lives.


We just wanted to take this opportunity to pass on our thanks, firstly to your Scottish National Committee for the work they are doing on your behalf each day, and ultimately to you the membership for the incredible work you are all doing in dealing with the unprecedented circumstances being faced by everyone inside our Prisons.

A fond adieu from Andy Hogg, Assistant General Secretary (Scotland)

In respect of POA Circular 004/2020 dated 16th January 2020 as per the “Cuffe” report the process concluded with a report from the Independent Panel.


Representing over 30,000 Prison, Correctional and Secure Psychiatric Workers, the POA is the largest UK Union in this sector, able to trace its roots back more than 100 years.