Statement Analysis Training Budget for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018

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Dear Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal (Scotland),

BACKGROUND
A FOI request to Police Scotland has identified that Statement Analysis training does not take place in Police Scotland. This indicates that Police Scotland places a very low priority on identifying those people who file false police reports and that the responsibility for identifying false police reports prior to prosecutions is escalated to the COPFS.
FOI REQUEST
What was the Statement Analysis training budget in the COPFS allocated for the years 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018?

Yours faithfully,

SJA Grove

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Thank you for your request dated below under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA).

In order to identify and locate the information that you have asked for we need some further information from you. In particular, it would be helpful to know what you are meaning by "statement analysis" as this is not a description that we recognise. If you can provide more information that would be helpful to allow us to try and answer your FOI request.

We will put your request on hold until we hear back from you.

When we receive this further information from you we will be able to respond to your request, in accordance with FOISA, within 20 working days of when we receive that information.

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Dear FOI Enquiries,

The definition of statement analysis training is detailed in the whatdotheyknow FOI to Police Scotland entitled 'Statement Analysis Training for Police Scotland Officers' that is viewable at the attached link:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/s...

The definition is rather broad in this FOI request but is includes all of the descriptors of how the language used in evidential statements is analysed for incongruity/inconsistency/falsehood/untruth. There is an extensive body of online literature in this area, for example from former members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the USA.

This FOI request is directed to identifying the COPFS's historical interest in identifying false statements prior to the Scottish legal system initiating prosecutions.

Please get back to me for any further clarification, though hopefully the COPFS fully understands the definitions of words used in this request.

Yours sincerely,

SJA Grove

FOI Enquiries, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal (Scotland)

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FOI Enquiries
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service

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Please find attached a response to your FOI request of 9 October 2019.

Thank you.

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