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The Police (Special Constables) (Scotland) Regulations 2008

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13.—(1) All special constables, except those who are appointed following their transfer from another police force, must on appointment and in accordance with the directions of the chief constable have a sample taken.

(2) Samples or the information derived from samples of special constables taken in accordance with this regulation must be kept separate from the samples or the information derived from samples taken in accordance with sections 18, 19, 19A and 19AA of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995(1), section 56 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003(2), section 87(5A)(c) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003(3) or otherwise lawfully taken and held by or on behalf of any police force, or in connection with or as a result of an investigation of an offence.

(3) The samples shall be taken for the purpose of enabling a check to be carried out against any other sample or information derived from a sample taken by or on behalf of any police force or in connection with or as a result of an investigation of an offence.

(4) The samples or the information derived from samples of a special constable taken in accordance with this regulation, and all copies and records, must be destroyed upon that person ceasing to be a special constable of that police force, except that, where that person becomes a special constable of another police force, that person’s samples or information and all copies and records must be transferred to the chief constable of that other police force.

(5) In this regulation “sample” means–

(a)a sample of hair, other than pubic hair, complete with roots;

(b)saliva; or

(c)a swab taken from the mouth.

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