Time was when Calum Steele, General Secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, would complain about the underfunding of his service and the shortage of police personnel. How times change. Now, Police Scotland is sufficiently well resourced to assume new interests and responsibilities. For those who imagined that these consisted of upholding the law, apprehending criminals and maintaining order, it may come as a surprise that Police Scotland is also charged with devising a Gaelic Language Plan 2021-26, to ensure that ‘Gaelic is used more often, by more people and in a wider range of situations’. The plan is to have a ‘development and implementation group with representation from across the organisation’ to ‘increase community messaging and liaison through the medium of Gaelic’. Police Scotland is to `seek opportunities to increase the visibility of Gaelic nationally through procurement and branding’ and to ‘integrate Gaelic into a range of campaigns’. Gaelic should be nurtured in the areas in which it is currently, and has been recently, a living language. In most of southern Scotland this has not been the case in the last 700 years, at least. Conceits like calling Edinburgh’s Kingsknawe ‘Cnoc an Righ’ at its rail station are artificial constructs that add nothing to life or culture. Currently,1.1 per cent of Scots are Gaelic-speaking, and for the last 40 years, no one who speaks Gaelic has not also spoken English. By all means provide Gaelic teaching for those who want to learn. But to expend the restricted resources of our national police force on committees and campaigns to extend the use of Gaelic is entirely inappropriate. Jill Stephenson, Glenlockhart Valley, Edinburgh.