Legionella Found at Police HQ
Posted on 15th December 2022
Police Scotland's headquarters in Fife has been temporarily closed down after traces of Legionella bacteria were found. Link here.
The headquarters in Tulliallan, which includes the Scottish Police College, shut on Tuesday after the bacteria was discovered in shower heads during routine checks last month.
BBC News report that a pipe inspection and a flush of all water systems is to be carried out and that no-one has become unwell as a result of the discovery at the college.
All training at Tulliallan will be suspended while the work is carried out and the site will remain closed until cleaning and re-testing are complete.
Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said the decision was taken following specific health and safety advice about the role the site plays in providing residential accommodation for a large number of people.
"While we have no confirmed cases and the risk to people remains extremely low, the safety and wellbeing of officers, staff, contractors and visitors to the site is paramount.
"This temporary closure will allow for a full flush of all water systems to be carried out and further tests done to confirm there is no trace of legionella bacteria.
"While this precautionary measure does impact on probationer training in the short term, it will not affect operational policing.
"We will schedule this essential work to ensure that both our probationer training and wider training courses can resume as soon as possible."
"The site at Tulliallan is extensive, with complex and ageing pipework."
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