Princess Anne opens crime 

HRH The Princess Royal formally opened the Scottish Crime Campus at Gartcosh recently.

The new £75m facility hosts specialist crime-fighters from five organisations that spearhead Scotland’s approach to tackle serious organised crime and terrorism. The five organisations are: Police Scotland; the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service; the National Crime Agency; HM Revenue and Customs; and Forensic Services.

The Scottish Crime Campus (SCC) places the country at the forefront internationally of crime investigation and prosecution. It provides a focal point for excellence in intelligence-sharing, operational activity, evidence gathering and forensic science to combine and strengthen collaborative efforts to disrupt serious organised crime.

Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House said: “Organised crime seeks to undermine the safety of all of our communities. The opening by HRH The Princess Royal is another milestone in our work with partners at the Scottish Crime Campus which now allows Police Scotland to enhance our approach to how we target those who engage in this type of insidious activity.

“We are becoming increasingly sophisticated and successful at targeting serious organised crime and other threats. The Scottish Crime Campus is a key part of our efforts to help keep communities safe through ensuring the best intelligence feeds excellent evidence-gathering.”

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “From the state-of-the-art forensic laboratory to the specialist database technology, there is no doubt that Scotland will be safer as a result of this facility and it is great news for the Scottish public.

“What’s more, the Scottish Government delivered this on time and under budget, which is an excellent achievement for our project managers, the design team and our construction partners.”