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Scotland joins national major incident reporting portal

Public will be able to upload images and video footage if portal is activated after major incident by UK's only national force

Police Scotland has joined 23 other UK forces in allowing the public to upload information relating to high profile incidents via the Major Incident Public Portal (MIPP).

Witnesses will be able to upload video footage and images directly to Police Scotland as part of the national online reporting tool for major incidents.

MIPP, which is hosted by the National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and National Crime Agency (NCA) is being rolled out across Scotland today by the Major Incident Support and Co-ordination Unit.

The unit was set up in September 2018 to act as a central department that would provide a single point of contact for police officers.

The unit will act as a gatekeeper for how Police Scotland officers use MIPP and tailor the forms to each individual inquiry.

Assistant Chief Constable Duncan Sloan, Major Crime and Public Protection, said: “Before MIPP was introduced in Scotland, a dedicated incident call centre would be set up at the early stages to process this information. If witnesses wanted to send in video footage, it would either be done by calling 101 or using a contact us form, and an officer would be sent out to retrieve it.

“MIPP can be activated in a much shorter space of time and information can be gathered while police resources are still being deployed.

“It’s simple to use and will hopefully help us to do our job quicker by having as much information at our disposal as possible to deal with any major incident efficiently.”

High profile incidents where a large volume of information or video footage has been taken is an example of when MIPP could be used by an investigation team.

Police Scotland has recently tested the MIPP functionality when appealing to the public for information regarding the death of Emma Faulds in Ayrshire and the Shona Stevens homicide inquiry in North Ayrshire.

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