STV News reported recently on the case of a man who was restrained by door supervisors after an incident on Bridge Street in Aberdeen in 2014.
The PIRC investigation into the incident found that the 19 police officers who attended the incident should have taken control more quickly.
Kate Frame, commissioner of the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner, which investigated the case, said: “As soon as a sufficient number of officers required to control the situation were in attendance at the initial incident, the door stewards who had been assisting in the physical restraint of the individuals involved should not have been allowed to continue.”
“It is imperative that officers assume immediate responsibility for the restraint and arrest of individuals, removing the risk and responsibility from members of the public.”
The PIRC has urged Police Scotland to “reinforce to all officers the importance of taking responsibility for the restraint and arrest of individuals involved in incidents at the earliest opportunity, removing responsibility from members of the public”.
Gerard O’Dea is a conflict management, personal safety and physical interventions training consultant. He is the training director for Dynamis, a specialist provider of personal safety and violence management programmes and the European Adviser for ‘Verbal Defense and Influence’, a global programme which addresses the spectrum of human conflict. www.dynamis.training