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Police Scotland Collection

An Inventory of the collection at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University


Creator: Police Scotland
Title: Police Scotland Collection
Dates: 1988-2013
Size: 2.25 linear ft
Abstract: Materials related to the history of Police Scotland and their involvement in the investigation of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Historical Note

Photograph of Police Scotland Headquarters

The first police force for the Dumfries and Galloway region was established in 1788 as the Royal Burgh of Dumfries Police. In 1838 the County of Dumfries Police was formed, followed closely by other local law enforcement agencies, which, in 1948, combined to form the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary was the smallest police force in mainland Britain. Nonetheless, it is credited with the design of the Scottish Police badge (1926), and the checkered design featured on Scottish police hats. Dumfries and Galloway was the primary police force responsible for the investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary became District V of Police Scotland on April 1, 2013, and is now the second largest force in the United Kingdom after the Metropolitan Police in London, England.

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Scope and Content Note

The Police Scotland Collection contains materials related to the history of the force, many members of which were first responders to and engaged in the investigation of the bombing and crash of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. Collection materials have been arranged into the following series:

Correspondence includes outgoing correspondence to victims' families concerning the investigation.

Memorabilia consists of two plaques and pins commemorating the trial at Kamp van Zeist.

Photographs consists of four items, including two photographs depicting members of Police Scotland and the Dumfries and Galloway Police Pipe Band at the 25th anniversary ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

Subject files includes materials such as a written history of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary, press releases, and Lockerbie Newsletter, a publication produced by the force to update victims' families on trial proceedings.

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Alternative Formats

Selected materials from this collection have been digitized. Please contact the archivist for further information on accessing the materials.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Police Scotland Collection. Related collections include:

Colin Dorrance Papers

Tom Gordon Papers

Tom McCulloch Papers

Robert Togneri Papers

Pan Am Flight 103 Publications Collection

Pan Am 103 Story Archives Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.
Police Scotland.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Types of material

Plaques (flat object)
Sheet music.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Police Scotland Collection,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Gift of Michael Dalgleish in 2014 and Police Scotland in 2023. Additional materials were gathered by Archives staff during a 2013 trip to Lockerbie, Scotland.

Processing Information

Materials were placed in acid free folders and boxes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: March 2015
Revision history: February 2016 - Inventory added (VSOM); March 2024 - 2 linear ft of materials added, Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary plaque moved from Box 1 to Oversize 1, scope and content note expanded, stylistic changes (SS)

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Materials are arranged alphabetically within each series.

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Box 1 General January-September 1990, undated
Oversize 1 Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary plaque 1997
Box 1 Kamp van Zeist commemorative pins undated
Oversize 2 Police Scotland crest plaque undated
Box 1 2013
 Plaque given to Police Scotland by the families of the victims of Pan Am 103.
 Former headquarters of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary.
Subject files
Box 1 "A brief history of Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary incorporating a summary of the events surrounding the Lockerbie air disaster and the subsequent policing operation on Kamp van Zeist." 2012
Box 1 Injured persons category 2013
Box 1 "Lockerbie: a lament" sheet music 2013
Box 1 Lockerbie newsletter 1989-2001
Box 1 Press releases December 1988-December 1989

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