Strathclyde Police Headquarters

Located on Pitt Street, a half-mile (1 km) west northwest of George Square, the Strathclyde Police Headquarters occupies a building that was erected in 1934 as Glasgow and West of Scotland Commercial College, later becoming the Scottish College of Commerce. Strathclyde Police Force was formed in 1975 as part of local government re-organisation, which brought the amalgamation of Argyll County Police, Ayrshire Constabulary, Dunbartonshire Constabulary, the City of Glasgow Police, Lanarkshire Constabulary, Renfrew & Bute Constabulary and part of Stirling and Clackmannan Police, making it the largest of Scotland's eight police forces. Strathclyde employs 7500 officers and a support staff of 3000 across nine territorial divisions and has an operating budget of around £500 million. Specialist units include an air support unit, dog branch, marine policing, mounted branch, mountain rescue, wildlife crime and the Strathclyde Police Pipe Band. Formed in 1883 as the Burgh of Govan Police Pipe Band, this is one of the oldest in the world and has won the World Pipe Band Championships on twelve occasions since 1975.

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