Remarks by Deputy Chief Constable Ian Livingstone

Ladies and gentleman, I am deeply honoured and privileged to be here today representing the Police Service of Scotland. As you have heard, the united single police force was created in the spring of this year from the merging of the eight Scottish forces that existed at that time, including the Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary which covered the Lockerbie area.

The Police Service of Scotland and the people of Scotland who we serve will never forget the bombing that occurred at Lockerbie 25 years ago, causing the deaths of your loved ones.

May I also take this opportunity to thank you sincerely for your kind words of support and fellowship following the crash in Glasgow three weeks ago of our Police Scotland helicopter. That tragically led to the death of 10 people, including three of our own officers. Your condolences and words of support were particularly touching and poignant. Thank you for that, and in my view the sympathy that you showed and what you expressed were typical of the lasting bonds and friendships formed from the tragedy of the Lockerbie bombing between Scotland and America and specifically between the people of Lockerbie and many of you here today.

Lasting bonds, ladies and gentlemen, and a shared commitment to see all those responsible for this crime against humanity brought to justice, have also been forged between Scottish and American law enforcement agencies.

I pay tribute to all serving and retired officers, agents, prosecutors, and many others who have shown diligence and personal commitment in this most challenging of investigations and it is an investigation that I can categorically tell you remains active and live. The FBI and detectives within Specialist Crime Division of Police Scotland are in regular contact seeking every investigative opportunity that arises, and we will continue to do that with diligence. Together we will work rigorously in pursuit of all those involved in carrying out the worst terrorist attack to have occurred in the United Kingdom.

It is also clear that the events of 21 December 1988 had a global impact but still resonate with people around the world today.

Today is a day to remember, to reflect, to honour the victims and their families, and to look forward.

Thank you very much indeed for your invitation to be here; it is a privilege to be with you today. Be assured Police Scotland and the people of Scotland will never forget and on behalf of the Police Service of Scotland, I bring a message of solidarity and a message of support to you today and a pledge, we will continue to pursue justice in honour of those who died on 21 December 1988.

Thank you very much and God bless.