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Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Ministers urged to let MSPs choose new police watchdog boss

Opposition parties have urged ministers to give away their power to pick the next head of the body overseeing Police Scotland. After a series of financial and management crises at the single force and its watchdog, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), the parties said MSPs should have the final say instead. The calls comes as the Scottish Government begins the hunt for the SPA’s third chair since 2013, following the resignation of controversial figurehead Andrew Flanagan.

New initiative to tackle shoplifters launched at Scottish shopping centre

A crime initiative which will make it harder for serial shoplifters to reoffend has been launched at a Scottish shopping centre. Motherwell Shopping Centre became the first in Scotland to join crime-fighting authorities at the launch of the new initiative yesterday. The outdoor centre in North Lanarkshire has been working collaboratively with the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC) and Police Scotland to launch the #copdog retailers’ crime reporting initiative. The #copdog project aims to improve the way shoplifters are reported by retailers and reassures the public that shoplifting is taken seriously.

Scottish government to lift curb on public sector pay

Edinburgh (Reuters) – Scotland’s devolved government will lift a cap on public sector wages to take account of the rising cost of living, one of a series of policy changes due to be announced on Tuesday, a Scottish government official said.  By allowing the wages of nurses, teachers and police to rise by more than 1 percent in Scotland — a cap which has been in force in the UK as a whole for seven years — Nicola Sturgeon’s pro-independence government hopes to regain the political initiative after losing seats in the national parliament to Labour and the Conservatives in British election in June.–business.html

Police Scotland under fire again as another senior officer is accused of bullying

The head of Police Scotland’s civilian workers has been accused of bullying a fellow director. Deputy Chief Officer David Page is under investigation after the head of IT claimed to be the victim of bullying . Former military intelligence officer Page joined the police last year to head up their corporate services.  His accuser, Martin Leven, is understood to have gone on sick leave and has made a formal complaint against Page.

How long will cops be distracted by law and order?

A third senior figure in Police Scotland is facing allegations of workplace bullying. Chief Constable Phil Gormley is under investigation following two accusations of bullying by members of staff.  The chairman of overseeing body the Scottish Police Authority has quit amid ­allegations of sexist bullying.  Now the force’s head of civilian workers has been accused of bullying a fellow director.  Concern is rising that something is going wrong within the organisation while attempting to forge a single force from local constabularies.

Countries with history of ethnic tension ‘not gone as far’ in creating anti-sectarian football law

Anti-sectarian football laws have been branded “unusual” and almost unparalleled anywhere in the world by academics linked to a review of hate crime. Countries that have witnessed disorder between supporters linked to regions with a history of ethnic tension, such as Croatia, Serbia, Russia and Ukraine, have not gone as far as Scotland in creating a specific offence, researchers found. The Scottish government has appointed Lord Bracadale to conduct a review of the country’s hate crime legislation after opposition parties called on the SNP to repeal the controversial Offensive Behaviour at Football Act (OBFA).

First person convicted under new ‘revenge porn’ law

The first person in Scotland to be convicted under a new law to tackle “revenge porn” has been ordered to pay his victim compensation. Kenneth Robinson, 59, from Blyth in Northumberland, threatened to upload an intimate video of a former partner to the internet. Robinson was convicted under the Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016, which came into force in July this year. At Jedburgh Sheriff Court on Monday, Sheriff Peter Paterson ordered him to pay his victim £200 and banned him from contacting her for three years.

Domestic Abuse Advocates visit Edinburgh Area Control Room

National Domestic Abuse Advocates have recently visited the Edinburgh Area Control Room and Service Centre to gain an understanding of the work undertaken by C3 Division. Detective Superintendent Gordon McCreadie, Police Scotland’s national lead for Domestic Abuse, worked with C3 Division to invite representatives from organisations such as ASSIST, Scottish Women’s Aid – including representatives from the Women’s Aid network such as Shakti and Hemat Gryffe – and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal’s Service (COPFS), to gain an understanding of how our highly trained staff identify victims of domestic abuse and vulnerability.

Plea for help to tackle human trafficking

Speak up if you have suspicions about human trafficking. That’s the plea from police after a town was named as a hotspot for the crime.  Annan was flagged up as a problem place for the issue in a map published by the Scottish government last week.  It revealed there were 150 potential victims of human trafficking identified in Scotland in 2015.  Annan was included on a map of all locations where victims have been found in the last five years, while another victim was found in Dumfries.