Police Scotland’s ‘infinitesimally low’ level of corruption/violence towards the public


From a Police Scotland Freedom of Information request response, published today, seeking the number of officers of all ranks, facing allegations of violence/corruption towards members of the public, from Apr 010418 – 010419.  Exactly how many officers were prosecuted and how officers many were not?

Allegations of:            Cases (not officers)

  1. Violence                    0
  2. Corruption             16

Prosecutions for:

  1. Violence                   0
  2. Corruption              0


There were 17,251 full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers in Scotland on 31 March 2019.


In England and Wales (2016-2017) there were 5 316 reported cases of assault, including 132 of sexual assault, and 663 allegations of corruption.


So, England and Wales have infinitely* more times the level of allegations of violence/assault and 41 times the level of allegations of corruption found in Scotland.

*Note: TO SAY that “any number divided by zero is infinity” is not quite correct. Considering normal arithmetic, it is not possible to divide by zero. … Since multiplying by zero always gives zero, we really cannot divide anything non-zero by zero.






4 thoughts on “Police Scotland’s ‘infinitesimally low’ level of corruption/violence towards the public

  1. Bugger (the Panda) May 21, 2019 / 3:53 pm

    When did the case of the lad who died in Police Custody in Fife?

    3 years ago?


  2. Ludo Thierry May 21, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    Hi B le P – I don’t think there have been any charges brought re. the Fife case – certainly no prosecutions undertaken. John has certainly drawn a mighty interesting differentiation here between the England+Wales numbers and the Scottish numbers – Quite a remarkable difference.

    John – wouldn’t worry too much about multiplying/dividing by zero – As long as it’s done by Zero Mostel (aka max Bialystock in ‘The Producers’ then we get infinite amusement).

    PS Zero was one of the good guys who was brought to HUAC and wouldn’t spill names so had his career broken. He famously asked what secrets he was supposed to be passing on to the ‘Communists’ – “Was I passing on the secrets of how to act?”


  3. Ludo Thierry May 21, 2019 / 5:15 pm

    Talking of stats and numbers I noticed this info re. 1st quarter growth in the Nations and regions of the UK being carried today on beeb N. Ireland site – but haven’t seen it appearing elsewhere. – Note Scotland’s growth level being behind only London (receiver of the Imperial tributes) and South West (by a tiny fraction). That performance is being achieved under the hopelessly inadequate devo settlement – just what could we be achieving with Indy?- Too wee..Too poor…etc (Remember to get all our Yes-minded friends and neighbours out to the polling booths on Thursday)

    Link and snippets below:


    Figures from the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence for the first quarter of 2019.

    Figures from the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) indicate year-on-year average UK growth rate of 1.5%.

    ESCoE is a consortium of research institutions that work with the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    It uses official data to produce estimates of regional economic growth in the UK.

    London continued to outperform other UK regions in the first three months of this year, with estimated growth of 2.7%.

    Stuart McIntyre, a senior lecturer in the economics department at Glasgow’s University of Strathclyde and an ESCoE researcher, said continuing north-south growth disparities were evident in the latest estimates.

    “Growth in the North East of England and Northern Ireland is still estimated to lag well behind the UK as a whole, with London, the South West and Scotland
    having the highest growth rates.”

    The full figures are:

    London 2.7%

    South West 2.1%

    Scotland 2.0%

    South East 2.0%

    East of England 1.9%

    East Midlands 1.6%

    UK 1.5%

    Yorkshire and The Humber 1.4%

    West Midlands 1.2%

    Wales 1.1%

    North West 1.0%

    North East 0.8%

    Northern Ireland 0.7%


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