Transport cops in self-isolation after positive tests in Glasgow and Paisley

Police officers at two Scots bases have tested positive for coronavirus – with one office now unstaffed.

The coppers, who are with the specialist British Transport Police, tested positive for the bug at the Paisley office and at Glasgow police station.

Following the result, all officers at Paisley are now in self-isolation meaning the base is currently unstaffed.

A source said that the Glasgow officer had been on duty over the weekend – leading to concerns over other colleagues at the base.

However due to the size of the building it remains fully operational.

A British Transport Police (BTP) spokeswoman stressed that the Paisley office had not been closed and could be made fully operational if needed.

She added that anyone in contact with the Glasgow officer was also self isolating.

She said:  “We can confirm that an officer based at Paisley station has recently tested positive for Coronavirus.

“The officer is now isolating along with colleagues based at Paisley who they’ve come into close contact with recently.

“The office is not currently staffed as a result, but it remains operationally available if needed, and Paisley and the surrounding area will be covered by local BTP response officers until their return.

“Another officer, based at the Glasgow police station, has also since tested positive for Coronavirus.

“Any officers and staff who the officers have come into recent close contact with are now self-isolating as per Scottish Government and NHS guidance.

“The Glasgow police station is able to remain fully operational due to the capacity to maintain social distancing in a much bigger footprint than Paisley.”

The BTP are tasked with policing the national transport infrastructure like railways.

There have been coronavirus outbreaks at several police stations across Greater Glasgow.

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Police Scotland bases in Wishaw and Govan have had positive tests in recent months with police taken off the beat for self-isolation.

And in September, more than a dozen police officers were self-isolating after two colleagues tested positive at an Edinburgh police station.

The confirmed cases were found at the policing hub in Drylaw with up to 16 colleagues being told to self-isolate by contact tracers.

Daily Record – Paisley