The first week of the act has resulted in a deluge of complaints – which can be sent in using an online form. While Police Scotland say they are still collating figures, reports suggest up to 4,000 complaints were filed in the first 48 hours, an extraordinary number, and one the police are not set up to handle. Police Scotland is badly overstretched, with falling recruitment and rising absences for mental ill-health. The officers’ federation has also complained bitterly about the inadequacy of the two-hour online training module provided to navigate this complex and emotive territory.

Another chunk of the early complaints are thought to relate to a speech given by Yousaf himself in 2020, during which he highlighted the preponderance of white people in senior public roles. Police Scotland again confirmed that no crime had been committed in this case, nor was a non-crime hate incident recorded.

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