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Following independence, the functions of UK forces currently operating in Scotland – the British Transport Police, Ministry of Defence Police and Civil Nuclear Constabulary – will come under Scottish control.

The Scottish Government is already seeking agreement with Westminster to integrate the functions of the British Transport Police into Police Scotland. The Scottish Government intends that, with independence, the functions of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary in Scotland will also be integrated into Police Scotland.

Just as now, policing functions in relation to defence interests will be required in an independent Scotland and posts will be needed to undertake those functions. An independent Scottish government will be able to determine the most effective and efficient way of managing those functions.

Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.