Stop and search reforms to cost Police Scotland £500,000
New Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act described as 'biggest change to policing in 25 years'.
Upcoming stop and search reforms will cost Police Scotland £500,000, it has emerged.
The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act has been described as the "biggest change to policing in 25 years" by the Scottish Police Federation.
It will give greater protection to children and reform controversial stop and search powers.
Police will only be allowed to search people when they have "reasonable grounds" to do so but will also be allowed to re-arrest suspects multiple times for the same offence.
The process of retraining officers and replacing forms and manuals is expected to cost Police Scotland £100,000.
Meanwhile, more than £400,000 will be spent enlisting seven new inspectors.
The force, which already faces a £47m budget gap this year, said there will be other administrative fees but said they are "difficult to quantify".
The act was expected to come into force in July but it was delayed when Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election. It will now take effect on January 25, 2018.