About the board
The Police Board and its Members
Lothian and Borders Police Board is the Police Authority for Lothian and Borders Police Force. It has 18 members who are elected councillors from:
- The City of Edinburgh Council (nine Councillors)
- East Lothian Council (two Councillors)
- Midlothian Council (two Councillors)
- Scottish Borders Council (two Councillors)
- West Lothian Council (three Councillors)
Membership of the Police Board is to be confirmed following the Local Government Elections held on Thursday 3 May 2012.
Dowload a copy of the Police Board's remit which provides a summary statement setting out the key responsibilities of the Board.
Police Board Officials
The Police Board has appointed officials who support the work of the Board. The Police Board has a Chief Executive and Clerk, Monitoring Officer, Solicitor and Treasurer.
Police Board Meetings and Meeting Papers
The full Police Board meets five times each year. Meetings are held throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders. The Police Board also has a number of Committees, Sub-Committees and a Policy Development Group which usually meet in Edinburgh.
The papers for meetings of the Police Board, its Committees and Sub-Committees are issued three working days before the meeting takes place. Some reports may not be available if they contain information that is considered confidential. View Police Board Agendas, Minutes and Reports.
Responsibility for Policing in Scotland
Responsibility for Policing in Scotland is shared between:
- Scottish Ministers
- Chief Constables
- Police Authorities
Scottish Ministers retain overall responsibility for national policing policy and set the legal and financial framework for the Police service across Scotland. Chief Constables are responsible for the operational aspects of policing within their force areas. Police Authorities (e.g. Lothian and Borders Police Board) are responsible for helping to shape the Force's priorities, budgets and policies and holding the Chief Constable to account with regard to service delivery and financial performance.