Police employee ‘refused to take part in probe after man took own life’

A police watchdog has found an employee refused to take part in an investigation about a man who took his own life.

On the morning of April 1, emergency services were alerted to reports of a man who seemed to be agitated in Glasgow.

He was known to police and recorded on their system as a vulnerable person.

Officers found the 22-year-old and identified he was suffering from mental health issues and, after speaking to his family on the phone, took him home.

When they arrived at the premises he ran away from them.

Officers gave chase but lost sight of the man in an area next to a railway track.

Police Scotland immediately classified him as a high risk missing person and a search was carried out.

He then took his own life near Jordanhill Railway Station.

A Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) report found steps were correctly followed, in line with safety procedures.

The incident was referred to the Pirc by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service on April 3.

Actions of officers were examined from the first point of contact with the man up until the discovery of his body.

No recommendations were made.

Following agreement with the Crown, a summary of the findings has been published.

One of the findings of the report was that a member of police staff refused to cooperate with the investigation and provide a witness statement.

Pirc said where a member of the public has died or suffered serious injury, it is reasonable to expect that any officer or employee who is a witness to events or played a part in the action to cooperate with any subsequent investigation and provide an account of their actions.

The watchdog did find the force took all reasonable steps to deal with the situation at the time.