COVID-19 and its Impact on Scotland: ‘Policing the Pandemic’

11th February 2021

COVID-19 and its Impact on Scotland: ‘Policing the Pandemic’

UWS Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing & Social Justice continues its Seminar Series on COVID-19 - 'Policing the Pandemic'

About this Event
Thursday 11th February 2021, 4pm-5.30pm, hosted on Microsoft Teams

In this seminar, Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland (Divisional Commander: Greater Glasgow within Police Scotland) and Sergeant Kevin Dougall (Service Delivery and Divisional Improvement team: Glasgow City Centre Police Office) will share their insights into both the strategic and operational policing approach put in place in Scotland to protect the safety and build the confidence of the Scottish public during the Covid-19 pandemic.

They will discuss a range of issues, including the approach used to enforce lockdown restrictions (engage, explain, encourage, enforce); the approach used to police demonstrations; the changing levels of enforcement over the course of 2020 and how this was managed; and the challenges encountered on the ground. The audience will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in dialogue with the senior officers during the course of the seminar.

About the speakers:

Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland has 20 years policing experience, most of which has been spent working in the Greater Glasgow area in both Local Policing and the Criminal Investigation Department. Chief Superintendent Sutherland was the Area Commander in both the Glasgow North West and City Centre areas with a real passion and commitment for partnership working. After a time spent developing Police Scotland’s approach to Demand and Productivity he returned to Greater Glasgow Division as a Superintendent performing a number of roles but most notably the lead on Events including public processions and demonstrations, Criminal Justice and Licensing. Chief Superintendent Sutherland has played a significant role in the Police Scotland response to the Covid 19 pandemic and in September 2020 returned to Greater Glasgow as the Divisional Commander.

Sergeant Kevin Dougall has 17 years policing experience working within the Greater Glasgow Area. After spending 12 years working within Response Policing in North Glasgow, Sergeant Dougall was promoted to Glasgow North East in 2015. During his time there he worked in both Response Policing and Community Policing working with partner agencies tackling anti-social behaviour. As a result of the work carried out in this area, Sergeant Dougall won a number of awards, notably an Evening Times Community Champions Award for work carried out in the Baillieston area. Sergeant Dougall has recently completed a role in Glasgow South East as a Temporary Inspector which commenced this at the beginning of the Covid 19 pandemic. He is currently based within the Service Delivery and Divisional Improvement team based at Glasgow City Centre Police Office.

To book a place at the seminar, please secure your tickets by Monday 8th February 2021.

A link for Microsoft Teams will then be sent out to all registered participants.