FBI-style crime campus to open in Gartcosh next year

Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill at the start of the building of Gartcosh Crime Campus 7.7.10 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill at the start of the building of Gartcosh Crime Campus 7.7.10 Picture by Jamie Forbes

CRIMEFIGHTERS will be grouped together at a new super FBI-style campus next year.

The Scottish Government says the first phase of Gartcosh Crime Campus has already been completed and the second stage of the building work is expected to be finished early this year.

Work on phase three of the £82million campus is scheduled to start in April 2012.

The campus has been described as a ‘policing priority’ and will house key crime-fighting staff from a number of agencies as well as a hi-tech forensics laboratory.

It’s hoped it will bring Scotland’s law enforcement agencies together so they can better share resources and piece together information.

The first agencies are expected to move into the new facility this year.

It is expected to be fully occupied by 2013.

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government said: “Good progress is being made on the construction of the Scottish Crime Campus and the project remains on budget and on track for construction to be completed in 2013.

“Gartcosh will enhance our capability in the fight against serious organised crime, bringing expertise from a range of law enforcement organisations under one roof.”