Scottish civilian staff working in custody suites fear they will miss overtime as cops prepare to pay premium

CIVIL staff working in police custody fear being harmed during COP26 while their colleagues in the force are working exceptional overtime.

Civvy workers will begin a grueling 12-hour work cycle from October 4 as they prepare for the massive climate change conference in Glasgow.


Civilian police staff worried about missing overtime when fellow police officers should receive exceptional payCredit: PA
Chief Superintendent Gordon McCreadie said the move was part of a


Chief Superintendent Gordon McCreadie said the move was part of a “long-planned proposal”

The Scottish police bosses are increasing the capacity of guard in view of the arrival of thousands of eco-warriors.

Police chiefs insist the new work routine has nothing to do with COP26 and is a permanent change agreed upon after discussions with union bosses.

But while the men and women in blue will have time and a third to work beyond eight hours, their civilian colleagues will cover 12-hour shifts with no cash incentive.

Insiders fear the potential workload will force staff to work during their unpaid two-hour tea breaks.

A source said last night: “There has been a lot of talk about the 10,000 police officers who will be working during COP26, but it feels like the civilian staff has been totally forgotten.

“The police are told that they will only work eight hour shifts, but they must be prepared to work at least 12 hours.

“They get paid overtime for every eight hour they work, but civilian guard staff work 12 hours as standard.

“Guarding is one of the most demanding roles in law enforcement.

“And there’s a good chance they’ll have to work their allotted unpaid breaks, as custody lawsuits will be jam-packed.”

Criminal justice support staff and guard and security officers work alongside uniformed police officers, providing administrative support and ensuring the well-being of detainees.

On Monday, they will switch to a new 12-hour work model with two one-hour breaks, but bosses say they are not required to work overtime during COP26.

Instead, they’re rewarded with shift pay to accommodate unsociable hours – plus appropriate days off.


Staff concerns emerged after we revealed police chiefs are stepping up guard operations ahead of expected disruption at COP26.

Senior officials have ordered station improvements as thousands of die-hard protesters are set to descend to Glasgow for the climate summit.

Agents will cover an eight-hour shift model, but it is believed that they will more likely do 12 hours with overtime plus one-third time.

Four hours of overtime for a police officer with a basic salary will cost £ 72.16 per officer.

The bill could be at least £ 721,600 per day and £ 15,153,600 for the duration of the operation.

However, senior officers are likely to earn a lot more, so the final bill could reach £ 20million.

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Scottish Police said: “The final policing figure in this event will be borne by the UK government, without hampering policing in Scotland.”

Our source added, “Civvy staff are just as dedicated to work as the cops and deal with difficult situations.

“If it starts, they will refuse to let their coworkers fend for themselves and that means working on their breaks.”

Last night, Chief Superintendent Gordon McCreadie insisted the move was part of a “long-planned proposal.”

He added: “This follows extensive consultation with unions and staff associations, as well as the completion of a successful pilot project.

“Shifts are designed to ensure that all staff get appropriate breaks and, while they last longer, staff get more days off.

“The changes not only increase the number of staff available to support those in detention, but they increase the availability of local police officers to respond to calls from the public.

“The well-being of our officers and staff, as well as those in our care, remains a top priority for Police Scotland. “

A Unison spokesperson said: “We are in constant discussion with Police Scotland over a range of personnel issues around COP26.”

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