I just ran across this expression Police Scotland, that normally it could be Scotland Police or Police of Scotland, but since it was pronounced formally on their website, it got a question for me:


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Police Scotland is the 'marketing name' for the Police Service of Scotland. Marketing names do not have to be 'grammatical', preceded by articles, or even correctly spelled - for example, Pizza Hut (not "The Pizza Hut"), Kwik Fit (not "Quick Fit"), etc. Another UK agency is called "Border Force", and that is its official name.

Border Force Director-General

The Police Service of Scotland - which will be known as Police Scotland - will begin its beat in two weeks.

On 1 April, the new 17,000-strong single national force will replace the current eight-force structure and become the second largest force in the UK, after the Metropolitan Police in London.

BBC News

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    FabioS - Some things on meta that might be worth reading: When should I accept an answer? and Are thanks for answers unnecessary?
    – J.R.
    Commented Aug 22, 2018 at 8:23
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    It’s worth noting that police can be used as a verb, so the expression police Scotland is a grammatical way to describe the mission of the force – even if it is an unusual name for the force itself.
    – J.R.
    Commented Aug 22, 2018 at 8:24
  • A similar example is "Team GB"
    – James K
    Commented Aug 22, 2018 at 9:44
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    What does "begin its beat" mean by the way? I couldn't find anywhere it's been defined.
    – dan
    Commented Aug 22, 2018 at 10:31
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    Dan, it was the BBC headline writer being witty. The new police organisation is being compared to a police officer starting a patrol or 'beat'. If it had been connected with the navy, the headline might have said "The Naval Boat Service of Scotland will set sail in two weeks", or if it was related to aviation, "will take to the skies in two weeks". Commented Aug 22, 2018 at 18:48

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