POLICE officers “behaved in a professional manner” during an incident where a woman was seriously injured in her cell, a watchdog has said.
The 39-year-old had part of her little finger amputated after it became jammed in a cell door while she was in custody in Dundee earlier this year.
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) was brought in to investigate the incident, which happened in April.
During the independent inquiry, police officers, members of police staff and civilian witnesses - including the injured woman - were interviewed by PIRC investigators.
The cell was examined and police and Scottish Ambulance Service audio recordings were scrutinised. CCTV footage was also looked at.
In his report published today, the commissioner, Professor John McNeill, said the “overriding cause of the woman’s injury was as a result of her actions in charging towards the cell door and officers” at Dundee police office in West Bell Street.
“Following an examination of the available evidence, including CCTV footage of the incident, I am satisfied that the police officers and members of police staff behaved in a professional manner and their actions were proportionate and justified,” Prof McNeill said.
“I have however recommended that Police Scotland considers providing appropriate officer safety training to police custody and security officers who are engaged in prisoner handling at Dundee custody suite to ensure this complies with Police Scotland procedure.”
He also recommended Police Scotland should review the current practice adopted at the suite for the calling of ambulances in the case of emergencies relating to people in custody.