Scottish Police College

Kincardine on Forth

Scottish Police College

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Locally known as Tulliallan Police College, this is a very popular area for local walkers to visit as there are direct links into the Devilla Forest. The Police College has strong links with the community. It is the second structure to have the name Tulliallan Castle, and is a mixture of Gothic and Italian style architecture set amid some 90 acres (360,000 m2) of parkland just north of where the Kincardine Bridge spans the Firth of Forth. It is the home of the Scottish Police College and has been since 1954.
It was built in 1812-1820 for George Keith Elphinstone, Admiral Lord Keith one time senior officer of Lord Nelson, from money received from prize ships, by a labour force said to include French prisoners of war. During the Second World War its history took on a further international dimension when it was used by the Free Polish Army as their headquarters in Scotland.
Prior to the Second World War there was no central training for police officers in Scotland. After the war it was decided to centralise all police training and Tulliallan was the result.
Tulliallan, from the Gaelic Tulach-Aluin ('beautiful knoll') was purchased in 1950 by the then Scottish Home Department for £9,100. The building was modernised and renovated and the first courses for inspectors and sergeants began in 1954.
Over the years the site has been heavily modified to provide accommodation, catering, training and teaching facilities for the Scottish Police College.


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