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Monday, September 11th, 2017

Call for English officers to fill Police Scotland ‘power vacuum’

Police Scotland might need to bring in senior officers from other UK forces to deal with the ‘vacuum of leadership’ following the chief constable’s decision to step aside while allegations of gross misconduct are investigated, the Liberal Democrats have said. The Lib Dems want the Scottish Government to ­consider bringing in ­additional leadership and resources, and will call on ­Justice ­Secretary Michael Matheson to address ­concerns about how the force is being led. However, the general ­secretary of the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said the ­suggestion was “ridiculous”.

Ordinary Scots will be criminalised with smacking ban

Opponents of plans to outlaw smacking children are preparing to campaign against the proposed ban by arguing that it will criminalise thousands of ordinary Scottish parents. The Scotsman understands that family organisations and individuals are planning to launch a campaign in October after advocates for a ban were given a major boost in Nicola Sturgeon’s Programme for Government.

Police chief warns fans to expect force action over support for terror groups in row over football sectarianism laws

A police chief has warned that Scots football fans should expect police to act over support for terrorist organisations. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins reacted after the Fans Against Criminalisation campaign group were critical of Assistant Chief Constable Bernie Higgins for warning controversial Celtic fans group the Green Brigade to leave politics at the turnstiles or face being arrested. The row emerged as the FAC has warned of a “genuine danger to civil liberties” and the continuous criminalising of the young over minor offences if a controversial law aimed at tackling bigotry at football matches is not repealed.

Calls to fill Police Scotland ‘power gap’ externally

The mounting crisis at Scotland’s national police force has led to calls for senior officers from other UK forces to step in and plug the growing “power vacuum”. Michael Matheson, the Scottish justice secretary, will make a statement to the Scottish parliament this week on the turmoil at Police Scotland, which has seen its chief constable stand aside.  Mr Matheson has also been urged to put the planned merger with British Transport Police (BTP) on hold until the allegations of bullying at the top of the force have been resolved.


Willie Rennie urges Nats to “get a grip” on Police Scotland boss crisis by drafting in cops from other forces while Phil Gormley is on leave

Willie Rennie urged Nats to “get a grip” on Police Scotland’s boss crisis by drafting in senior cops from other forces. The Lib Dem chief demanded action to tackle a power vacuum while chief constable Phil Gormley is on leave amid bullying claims. It comes as two senior posts in the watchdog are also set to be vacant.  Mr Rennie said: “There is no chairman or chief executive of the Scottish Police Authority and we have no chief constable.

Lib Dems in call for outside leadership to bolster Police Scotland

There is currently no chairman or chief executive of the Scottish Police Authority and Chief Constable Phil Gormley stepped aside temporarily on Friday.

Edinburgh Police and partners open day at Fettes today

Police Scotland and partners will be holding their annual open day at former Lothian and Borders Headquarters in Fettes Avenue between 11am and 3pm today. There will be activities for all ages of the family to enjoy and entry to the event will be free of charge.  There will be demonstrations from different divisions of Police Scotland as well as Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, RNLI, Mountain Rescue and more.  There will also be a raffle taking place on the day with proceeds going to Marie Curie.  Please note that visitors may be searched prior to entering the event arena.