Scottish International Policing Conference 2018 Policing and Public Health: opportunities and challenges

4th December 2018

Scottish International Policing Conference 2018 Policing and Public Health: opportunities and challenges

4th December 2018, South Hall, Pollock Halls, University of Edinburgh


The Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) organised the Scottish International Policing Conference 2018 on 4 December, building on the success of the previous International Policing Conferences.

Supported by the James Smart Memorial Trust and the Scottish Government, the theme of the 2018 conference was Policing and Public Health, with contributions from the Chair of the Scottish Police Authority, Susan Deacon, and Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor.

We were particularly pleased to welcome Professor Nick Crofts, who presented the 46th James Smart Memorial Lecture.


Globally, there is a growing recognition of a shared common ground between police and public health services. For example, the areas of mental health distress, domestic abuse, substance use, knife violence, missing persons, custody care and cyber-bullying,  to name a few, all have a clear cross–agency remit. This in turn sees an emerging vision for contemporary collaborative police and public health fields of practice, which more effectively and efficiently address the complex needs of people and communities. Yet, the links between policing and health are inextricable, with the intersections still poorly understood. Policing and public health practice, education and research has evolved through two distinctly different systems with divergent cultures, roots, and practices.

In Scotland the main purpose of policing, enshrined in the Police and Fire Reform Scotland Act (2012), is to ‘improve the safety and well-being of persons, localities and communities’. The aim of the SIPR conference is to start to dissect policing and public health issues, recognise emerging themes, identify what works, where new opportunities lie, and help build police-public health partnerships that are effective, accountable, sustainable and inclusive.

The conference was Chaired by Paddy Tomkins, Director of Droman Ltd and former Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland.




09.00   Registration, Tea and Coffee


Plenary Session – South Hall


Chair:    Paddy Tomkins QPM

09.30    Chair's Welcome 

09.40    Susan Deacon CBE Chair, Scottish Police Authority  PODCAST (19 mins)

09.55    DCC Fiona Taylor, Police Scotland  PODCAST (18 mins)

              Introduction to the 46th James Smart Memorial Lecture and welcome to the speaker

10.10    The 46th James Smart Memorial Lecture: Professor Nick Crofts AM

               PODCAST PART ONE (31 mins)  PODCAST PART TWO (28 mins)

              PowerPoint slides

              The multiple intersections of law enforcement and public health

10.50    Questions and Discussion

               Vote of thanks by Dr Liz Aston, Director, SIPR and Presentation of the James Smart Memorial
               Medal by Professor Iain Macleod

               VIDEO: Associate Professor Liz Aston gives a vote of thanks, an outline of her plans for SIPR, and
               the James Smart  Memorial Medal is presented by Prof Iain MacLeod to Prof Nick Crofts
               (6 minutes)

11.15    Tea / Coffee and Displays 


Workshops I – Policing and Public Health: opportunities and challenges 


11.45 – 13.15  Delegates should choose one Workshop  – please see below for further details



Chair: Dr Liz Aston (Director, SIPR) 

  • Dr Andy McAuley (NHS National Services Scotland, GCU)  Naloxone

PODCAST (19 mins)

  • Kirsten Horsburgh (Scottish Drugs Forum)

PODCAST (19 mins)

  • CI Alastair Muir (VRU, Police Scotland) The Navigator program with  A and E

PODCAST (29 mins, including Discussant)

  • Discussant: Supt Ian Thomson (Police Scotland)


Chair: ACC Steve Johnson  (Police Scotland)

  • Auke van Dijk (Netherlands Police) International Mental Health responses

PODCAST (17 mins)

  • Kevin O’Neill (National DBI Programme Manager) & CI Julie Robertson (Police Scotland) The Distress Brief interventions program  

PODCAST (18 mins)

PowerPoint slides (pdf)

  • CI Michael Brown OBE (College of Policing) The international perspectives on mental health distress and the NICE guidelines

PODCAST (18 mins)

  • Discussant: Inga Heyman (Edinburgh Napier University)


Chair: Dr Megan O’Neill (Associate Director, SIPR) 

  • Professor Sir Harry Burns (Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde) The causes of wellbeing

PODCAST (19 mins)

  • Inspector Joanne Logan (Police Scotland) Ayrshire Police Division & Trauma Informed Policing

PODCAST (16 mins)

  • James Docherty (Community Justice Advisor / VRU) ACEs, Resilience and Prevention

PODCAST (14 mins)

  • Discussant: Gill Imery (HMICS)


13.15    Buffet lunch and Poster Exhibition


Workshops II – Policing and Public Health: opportunities and challenges


14.00 – 15.30 Delegates should choose one Workshop – please see below for further details and venues


Chair: Dr Martin Elvins (University of Dundee)  

  • Jess Davidson (Senior Clinical Forensic Charge Nurse, St Leonard’s Police Station) Custody Health care

PODCAST (22 mins)

  • Lesslie  Young (Chief Executive, Epilepsy Scotland) Are you going to kill me?

PODCAST (26 mins)

  • Dr Andrew Wooff  (Edinburgh Napier University) Seeing the light: designing in dignity inside police detention

PODCAST (20 mins)

  • Discussant: Chief Supt. Garry McEwan (Police Scotland) 


Chair: Dr Anita Morrison (JAS, Scottish Government) 

  • Supt Ian Thomson (Wellbeing Champion, Police Scotland) ‘Your wellbeing matters” 

PODCAST (11 mins)

  • Dr Hannah Hale (University of Glasgow) The mental health needs of the Police Scotland workforce 

PODCAST (18 mins)

  • Dr Ian Hesketh (Wellbeing Lead, College of Policing) KO'd or OK? The criticality of police wellbeing

PODCAST (17 mins)

  • Discussant: Chief Supt. Ivor Marshall (President ASPS) 



Chair: Dr Denise Martin (Associate Director, SIPR)  

  • Professor Bill Buchanan (Edinburgh Napier)

PODCAST (13 mins)

  • CS Kenny MacDonald (Police Scotland) People at the Heart of Change - Digitally Enabled Policing

PODCAST (15 mins)

  • Supt Stan Gilmour (Thames Valley Police) Public health approach to early intervention

PODCAST (15 mins)

  • Discussant Professor Susan McVie (University of Edinburgh)  


15.30    Reception, hosted by DCC Fiona Taylor, Police Scotland

16.30    Conference closes

is Conference was organised by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research in partnership with:

The Scottish Government

The James Smart Memorial Lecture – The multiple intersections of law enforcement and public health

Professor Nick Crofts AM, Director, International Conference Series on Law Enforcement and Public Health

Nick Crofts has been a community health physician and infectious diseases epidemiologist who has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS and harm reduction in Australia, Asia and globally on research, policy, advocacy and program implementation for 30 years, work for which he received the International Rolleston Award in 1998.  This work led to an ongoing interest in the police role in the HIV response which has broadened to include all public health issues. He began the international LEPH (Law Enforcement and Public Health) conference series in 2012, out of which has grown the Global LEPH Association. He was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2017.