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18th August, 2017
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Police Scotland plan ‘bad news for north’ warn unimpressed Ross-shire councillors

UNIMPRESSED Ross-shire councillors warned they still have “serious concerns” over the closure of the Highlands’ police control room after police chiefs tried to allay their fears this week. Police Scotland’s Derek Kilday, who is programme manager overseeing the centralisation of call handling to Dundee, visited Dingwall this week but he found no favour from members of the Ross and Cromarty area committee. They branded the closure of the city-based control room, set to take place next month, “bad news for the Highlands”.

http://www.north-star-news.co.uk/News/Police-Scotland-plan-bad-news-for-north-warn-unimpressed-Ross-shire-councillors-17082017.htm

 

Massive overhaul of drugs laws up for debate at SNP conference

DELEGATES at the SNP conference in October could back calls to massively reform Scotland’s drug laws. A motion, penned by National Council member Josh Mennie, and backed by MP Ronnie Cowan and the SNP’s trade union group, asks members to back calls for a “comprehensive review” of current drug policy. It comes as grim statistics released on Wednesday showed the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland had jumped up 23 per cent to 867, two-and-a-half times the rate in the rest of the UK, and, according to some analysis, the highest in Europe.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15477571.Massive_overhaul_of_drugs_laws_up_for_debate_at_SNP_conference/

 

Julian Innes goes from police chief to games chiefton

FORMER Inverness police commander Julian Innes will be the chieftain of this month’s Helmsdale and District Highland Games. Mr Innes, who is a director of Highland Hospice works part-time in a bike shop, has strong Helmsdale connections through his father. He undertook various command posts in the force before becoming the first Police Scotland commander for the Highlands and Islands in April 2013. He retired from policing at the rank of chief superintendent in 2016, on completion of 30 years’ public service.

http://www.highland-news.co.uk/News/Julian-Innes-goes-from-police-chief-to-games-chiefton-17082017.htm

 

Call for action on weapons in Fife’s schools

Since 2011 there has been a significant increase in weapons found on pupils in Fife Schools. The figure has increased from two in 2011/12 to 25 in 2016/17 and Fife Liberal Democrat Education spokesperson Councillor James Calder has expressed his concern. He said, “It is incredibly alarming that we have seen such a staggering increase in weapons found on pupils in our schools in Fife. “We have seen this rise from just two in 2011 to 25 in last year’s session, but I am worried this might just be the tip of the iceberg.

http://www.fifetoday.co.uk/news/education/call-for-action-on-weapons-in-fife-s-schools-1-4534547

 

 

Spanish police kill suspects in second attack after 13 die in Barcelona

Spanish police say they have shot dead five suspected terrorists in the town of Cambrils in a second vehicle attack, after an earlier one in Barcelona killed 13 people and injured dozens. The men were linked to the Barcelona attack, police say. Police are still hunting the man who drove his van into crowds on Las Ramblas in Barcelona on Thursday. Spain’s PM Mariano Rajoy described it as a “jihadist attack”, which so-called Islamic State said it had carried out.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-40971004

 

17th August, 2017
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Cops reveal how many adults they caught buying booze for teens as crackdown on underage drinking continues

A CAMAPIGN to crackdown on underage drinking by targeting adults who buy booze for teens is showing signs of success. Cops in North Lanarkshire have snared 32 adults who were caught proxy purchasing as they continue to clamp down on the issue through their multi-partnership ‘You’re asking for it’ campaign. Since the launch of the campaign at the start of the summer, the force also reports that antisocial behaviour has reduced by six per cent while street drinking in public places is down by a significant 55 per cent. Youth disorder incidents are also down by seven per cent.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15476945.Cops_reveal_how_many_adults_they_caught_buying_booze_for_teens_as_crackdown_on_underage_drinking_continues/

 

Neil McLennan: Arming all police officers an unpalatable response

After the Manchester attack, Police Scotland tweeted an image of the chief constable with two armed policemen and two civilian runners. ‘Armed police’ proclaimed the hashtag. The debate over armed police in Scotland has been a hard one for those seeking to “improve the safety and wellbeing of people, places and communities in Scotland”. Police Scotland got their knuckles rapped before for deploying officers to routine calls, and purchasing ‘pieces’ for lunch, wearing side-arms. Just over a hundred years ago a man purchasing a sandwich in a Sarajevo cafe took the opportunity (his second chance that day) to draw a pistol and undertake an assassination which changed the face of Europe forever, a political assassination resulting from rampant nationalism which we now see re-emerging across the world alongside religious fundamentalism.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/neil-mclennan-arming-all-police-officers-an-unpalatable-response-1-4533641

 

Probe into police gun incident

An investigation is under way after a firearms officer pointed a gun at an occupant during two house searches in Falkirk this week. The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is probing the incident which took place in the early hours of Monday morning in Kilbrennan Drive, Tamfourhill. Officers were called to the location following reports of threats being made to a woman. Police Scotland referred the matter to PIRC, which will issue a report to the Chief Constable. A PIRC spokeswoman said: “The Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (PIRC) is investigating the deployment of armed officers and their subsequent search of two houses in the Falkirk area in the early hours of the morning of August 14, 2017.

http://www.falkirkherald.co.uk/news/crime/probe-into-police-gun-incident-1-4533550

Holyrood cyberattack: 36 hours and counting

A cyberattack on the Scottish parliament has lasted for at least 36 hours and was continuing last night. Sir Paul Grice, the chief executive, said the parliament was still under attack but there was no evidence that the hackers had breached Holyrood’s defences. The attack began this week in a “brute force” assault. Hackers tried to access computers by trying thousands of passwords to force their way in. The parliamentary authorities have been working with the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre to make sure the systems remain safe. In a letter to MSPs yesterday, Sir Paul said: “At this point there is no evidence to suggest that the attack has breached our defences and our IT systems continue to be fully operational.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/8b64c8ec-82d5-11e7-aad7-35a38ccd3007

 

Crackdown on drink buying for minors

A campaign to stop adults buying alcohol for under-age teenagers in North Lanarkshire is being credited with cutting crime and public drinking. A police operation in June, involving shopkeepers and youth volunteers, uncovered 32 cases of so-called proxy purchasing and led to two arrests. Police Scotland data suggested since then the number of people drinking in public places was reduced by 55%. Officers also reported fewer complaints about youth-related disorder.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40946440

 

Police warning launches new drink-drive campaign

POLICE in Helensburgh have warned drivers not to risk their lives by driving while under the influence. Police Scotland launched the second week-long summer drink/drug drive campaign to coincide with a time of year when statistics show Scotland’s road users are at their highest risk of being killed or seriously injured because the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The campaign will combine intelligence-led high visibility patrols and roadside checks to detect those driving under the influence of drink or drugs, while also looking out for well-intention early morning motorists that may still have substances in their system from the night before.

http://www.helensburghadvertiser.co.uk/news/15478845.Police_warning_launches_new_drink_drive_campaign/

16th August, 2017
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Rural needs ‘a top priority’ for area’s new police chief

Meeting the needs of the most rural and remote communities is a top priority for the new top police officer in Helensburgh, Argyll and West Dunbartonshire. Chief Superintendent Hazel Hendren only took on the role in June – but she’s already embarked on a mission to ensure the force is prepared to tackle all the challenges faced by the diverse range of communities. And she’ll be taking the lead from the residents themselves to determine the areas for improvement and what her officers are doing right.

http://www.helensburghadvertiser.co.uk/news/15475793.Rural_needs___39_a_top_priority__39__for_area__39_s_new_police_chief/

The blue plague of ‘street Valium’ sends Scottish drug deaths to record high

The huge rise in the use of “street Valium” has driven the number of Scots drug deaths to a shocking record high. The Record has repeatedly warned that millions of pills manufactured and peddled by Scots gangsters are being mixed with other drugs, wiping out hundreds of lives.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/blue-plague-street-valium-sends-10995338

Police body to apologise for botching complaint from public

Police officials have been ordered to apologise to a member of the public after a botched investigation into the actions of the chief constable and his former deputy. Chief Constable Phil Gormley, who is currently being probed for alleged gross misconduct, and former number two, Neil Richardson, both faced claims of negligence after a complaint from the man in 2015. The complainant wrote to Mr Richardson raising concerns about officers in the Professional Standards Department (PSD).

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15475209.Police_body_to_apologise_for_botching_complaint_from_public/

Police watchdog to review complaints against top two officers

The police watchdog has been ordered to review complaints made about Scotland’s two most senior officers. Allegations concerning negligence with information were made against Chief Constable Phil Gormley and former 
deputy chief constable Neil Richardson. Neither complaint was upheld by the Scottish Police Authority but the Police Investigations & Review 
Commissioner (Pirc) has found it did not handle the allegations reasonably. The commissioner has now ordered the SPA to review its decisions and apologise to the man involved.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/police-watchdog-to-review-complaints-against-top-two-officers-1-4533032

Scottish government urged to review drugs policy as drug-related fatalities double in a decade

Narcotics-related deaths rose by nearly a quarter in 2016 to reach record levels for the third year in a row. The Scottish Government must do more to end “the avoidable drug-death carnage”, campaigners have said, as figures released on Tuesday revealed the country has maintained its position as the drug-death capital of Europe.  A total of 867 drug-related deaths were registered in 2016, according to the latest National Records of Scotland data, representing a 23 per cent rise on 2015 (706). The number is more than double the 2006 total of 421 and means drug-related deaths in the country have reached record levels for the third year in a row.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/scottish-government-urged-to-review-drugs-policy-as-drug-related-fatalities-double-in-a-decade-a7895366.html

SPA ordered to review complaints against senior policemen

Allegations concerning negligence with information were made against Chief Constable Phil Gormley and former deputy chief constable Neil Richardson. Neither complaint was upheld by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), but the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (Pirc) has found the body did not handle the allegations reasonably. The commissioner has now ordered the SPA to review its decisions and apologise to the man involved. It comes as Mr Gormley is separately being investigated for alleged gross misconduct.

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/spa-ordered-to-review-complaints-against-senior-policemen/

New Police Scotland deputy chief to get £175,000 salary

Their salary will be about £28,000 more than their counterpart at the UK’s largest force, the Metropolitan Police in London. Iain Livingstone, Scotland’s second most senior police officer, announced last month that he will leave the job this autumn. His replacement will be paid a £174,741 salary by Police Scotland, which faces a £47m budget deficit this year.

https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1395740-police-scotland-deputy-chief-to-earn-175-000-a-year/

How police watchdog ‘mishandled complaints’

Scotland’s controversial police watchdog has been criticised for mishandling complaints about the country’s two most senior officers. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA), the ‘civilian oversight’ body for Police Scotland, has been told it botched the way the grievances were investigated.

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20170816/281775629266240

Drug deaths reach record high as users shun services

Soaring numbers of drug deaths in Scotland are being fuelled by addicts failing to quit heroin because of the heightened stigma surrounding treatments such as methadone replacement, an expert has warned. Gareth Balmer, a service manager with drug and alcohol support charity Addaction said stigma about drug users – like that portrayed by Still Game’s Methadone Mick – was putting some off seeking help, as drug deaths in Scotland soared to a record high. New figures from National Records of Scotland showed the number of overdose deaths soared last year by 23 per cent, to 867, with use of opiates such as heroin a factor in 88 per cent of deaths.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15474908.Drug_deaths_reach_record_high_as_users_shun_services/

15th August, 2017
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Former police chief is appointed as new judicial complaints reviewer – as row over post continues

A former senior policeman has been appointed as Scotland’s third judicial complaints reviewer amid controversy over the role. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced that retired Tayside Police deputy chief constable Ian Gordon will take up the position next month. It was set up to review the handling of complaints against members of the judiciary – judges, sheriffs and justices of the peace Gordon is currently an acting commissioner with the Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsman Office and has conducted criminal, conduct and complaints investigations in the UK.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15472929.Former_police_chief_is_appointed_as_new_judicial_complaints_reviewer___as_row_over_post_continues/

Ex-top policeman appointed as judicial complaints reviewer

A former senior policeman has been appointed as Scotland’s third judicial complaints reviewer amid controversy over the legal watchdog’s role. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson announced that from September, retired Tayside Police deputy chief constable Ian Gordon will take up the position, set up to review the handling of complaints into members of the judiciary. Mr Gordon is currently an acting commissioner with the Northern Ireland Public Service Ombudsman Office and has conducted criminal, conduct and complaints investigations in the UK. His appointment follows comments from the outgoing reviewer Gillian Thompson about the constraints of the role and a lack of support.

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/news/scotland/ex-top-policeman-appointed-as-judicial-complaints-reviewer/

Police open day banks £1,500 for two local charities

Two local charities have been the grateful beneficiaries of the proceeds of the recent Dumbarton Police Open Day. In total, the event raised over £1500, with Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) and Y-Sort-It splitting the proceeds evenly between them. The popular annual event saw those who went along be able to meet police dogs, take a peek inside some of the emergency vehicles, get behind the decks with a DJ sessions run by SKapade Studios, and even have the chance of meeting mascots, including police mascot Penguin Pete.

http://www.dumbartonreporter.co.uk/news/15472288.Police_open_day_banks___1_500_for_two_local_charities/

Reform harming frontline morale

Police Scotland’s reform projects have damaged officers’ morale and are negatively affecting community engagement, a report has found. Frontline officers told the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) that organisational pressures resulting from recent changes have “hampered” community policing efforts. Changes to specialist support units and cuts to civilian staff have also left response and engagement resources stretched over increasingly larger areas.  Respondents claimed these issues have contributed to poor morale and rising sickness levels, and may have prompted more experienced officers to leave the service.

http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=30078

Catholic Church calls for action on religious hate crime

Catholic Church leaders are to hold talks with the Scottish Government amid escalating concerns about the level of religious hate crime in Scotland, it has emerged. They have urged ministers to acknowledge the frequency with which Catholics are being targeted in incidents north of the Border. Church bosses fear there is a “vague” approach and a lack of a targeted strategy from ministers to address the issue, and are expected to raise this during the meeting which will be held when parliament returns after the summer recess.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/catholic-church-calls-for-action-on-religious-hate-crime-1-4532084

14th August, 2017
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Police Scotland ‘spends £1k a day to fight legal battles’

Despite having its own legal team, Police Scotland has spent more than £1000 per day on external legal lawyers and court costs since January, 2014. In the three years and six months to June of this year, Police Scotland paid out £1,316,819 to external solicitors, QCs, advocates and the courts, according to figures released under Freedom of Information (FoI) rules. Peter Cherbi, the legal issues campaigner and blogger who made the FoI requests, has criticised the force after it refused to answer The National’s questions on the issue, directing us to use FoI questions.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15470700.Police_Scotland____spends___1k_a_day_to_fight_legal_battles___/

Farms ‘turned into fortresses’ amid crime concern

Farmers are turning their properties into fortresses to protect themselves from thieves, despite a drop in the value of thefts, it has been claimed. A major drive against rural crime has seen the cost of insurance claims drop by one-third over the past year in Scotland but those in the sector claim that thieves are becoming more brazen and farmers more anxious. All-terrain vehicles (ATVs), quad bikes, livestock and tools are topping thieves’ wish-list, according to NFU Mutual’s annual Rural Crime Report, published today.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15470883.Farms___39_turned_into_fortresses__39__amid_crime_concern/

Two years on from Bailey Gwynne’s death, half of Scots councils still failing to track school knife incidents

Half of Scotland’s local education authorities are failing to gather information about the number of knife incidents in their schools – two years after the fatal stabbing of pupil Bailey Gwynne. The Sunday Post can reveal that there have been 79 knife incidents in Scottish schools since Bailey’s death – including an alarming 20 in just nine months in Aberdeen, where the teenager went to school. But the actual total will be much higher, as half of the country’s 32 councils were unable to supply figures – because they do not collate them.

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/two-years-on-from-baileys-death-half-of-scots-councils-still-failing-to-track-school-knife-incidents/

Galloway MSP criticises ‘diminishing resources’ for police

Police officers in Scotland are working under “diminishing resources”, a situation impacting their ability to do the job, a report has found. The ‘Evaluation of Police and Fire Reform’ carried a series of warnings about the future of Police Scotland, just four years after it was created by the SNP. Commenting, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson said: “This is a damning report, exposing the great many problems that exist within the SNP’s single police force.

http://www.gallowaygazette.co.uk/news/crime/galloway-msp-criticises-diminishing-resources-for-police-1-4529218

Bilston Glen call centre takes on other police forces’ work

A controversial police call-handling centre that has been the subject of a series of internal investigations into major failings has reportedly been taking calls from other UK forces, despite concerns over staff workloads. Bilston Glen call centre has been linked to at least three deaths since it took over responsibility for the east command area after centres in Glenrothes and Stirling were closed in 2014. The centre is now believed to be taking extra emergency calls from both the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Metropolitan Police. The Mail on Sunday said a source had revealed that a recent “surge” in calls, particularly from the Met, had pushed staff “beyond any reasonable limits”.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/bilston-glen-call-centre-takes-on-other-police-forces-work-1-4531081

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Scots cop chiefs branded ‘reckless’ after it emerged M9 scandal control room is fielding calls from other forces

Cop chiefs were branded “reckless” as it emerged the M9 scandal control room is fielding calls from other forces. Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie blasted top brass over staff at Bilston Glen call centre in Midlothian answering 999 alerts from London and Northern Ireland.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/1416040/scots-cops-control-room-bilston-glen-reckless-fielding-calls/

11th August, 2017
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Fans back scrapping of ‘unjust’ Football Act

A leading supporters’ group has backed the scrapping of the controversial Football Act describing it as “unjust” and saying it has “soured” relationships between fans and police. The Celtic Trust described the Offensive Behaviour at Football Act as “one of the worst pieces of legislation ever drafted in this country”. The Scottish Parliament’s justice committee is currently consulting on legislation which would repeal the act brought in following the Old Firm “shame game” between Rangers and Celtic in 2011. Opposition parties have united behind a bid by Labour’s James Kelly to scrap the legislation. However, the Scottish Government argues the act gives police and prosecutors the power to tackle offensive and threatening behaviour in and around grounds.

http://www.scotsman.com/regions/glasgow-strathclyde/celtic-fans-back-scrapping-of-unjust-football-act-1-4528792

 

Police and fire brigade concerned about effects of centralisation

POLICE officers and firefighters have highlighted some benefits as a result of reforms to their services, but they also expressed concerns over “diminishing resources” and low morale, according to a new report. They gave their views as part of the latest evaluation of Scotland’s single police and fire services, set up in 2013 to protect and improve local services despite financial cuts, create more equal access to specialist units, and strengthen connections with communities. The evaluation was undertaken by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), ScotCen Social Research and What Works Scotland.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15466842.Police_and_fire_brigade_concerned_about_effects_of_centralisation/

 

Budget cuts bite for police and firefighters

Police officers and firefighters are struggling against budget cuts and red tape according to an official evaluation of the Scottish government’s reforms. The latest analysis of the SNP’s merger all of Scotland’s police forces and fire brigades into single, nationwide units found that while some officers and firefighters believed it had brought some benefits, many cited squeezed budgets and bureaucracy as real concerns. The merger in 2013 was intended to make both organisations more efficient, responsive and to save money. Police Scotland has suffered from a budget squeeze, resignations and controversies that have tarnished its reputation. The report stated: “From the perspective of local police officers and firefighters, there were positive achievements in relation to improvements in accessing national capacity and specialist expertise.”

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/budget-cuts-bite-for-police-and-firefighters-hgdnww9zg

 

Police Scotland warn of ‘diminishing resources’

Scotland’s national police force is operating with “diminishing resources” and becoming “increasingly stretched” in its attempts to engage with local communities, according to those on the frontline. An evaluation of police reform heard from Police Scotland officers that community policing is being “hampered” by other organisational pressures. An evaluation of police and fire service reform heard from Police Scotland officers that community policing is being “hampered” by other organisational pressures. The report by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) also found low morale among officers, with many no longer considering policing a “job for life”. Concerns were also raised about the under-reporting of crime due to the public’s frustration with the non-emergency 101 phone line.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/police-scotland-warn-of-diminishing-resources-1-4528197

 

Scottish police less visible to public after staff and budget cuts

Scotland’s police officers have become less visible to the public thanks to budget and staff cuts, according to an official survey examining the impact of creating the single national force.  The report by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), published by the SNP government, found concerns among community officers that they were becoming “increasingly stretched over larger geographic areas”. Cuts to civilian support staff means officers are being forced to spend more time conducting back-room administrative tasks such as typing up notes and running checks on databases, giving them less time on the beat.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/10/scottish-police-less-visible-public-staff-budget-cuts/

 

 

Austerity fears of police and firefighters

POLICE officers and firefighters see benefits to their new national services but are still worried about cuts as wider austerity hits. They gave their views as part of the latest health-check on reforms introduced in 2013 to offset falling funding and end a postcode lottery on specialist units. The evaluation was undertaken by the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), ScotCen Social Research and What Works Scotland for the government. Their report stated: “From the perspective of local police officers and firefighters. there were positive achievements in relation to improvements in accessing national capacity and specialist expertise.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15466636.Austerity_fears_of_police_and_firefighters/

 

Police and fire services ‘stretched’ by national mergers

Police and fire services have been “stretched” by centralisation, according to a report for the Scottish Government. Scotland’s local police and fire services were amalgamated into two national organisations in 2014. It is the second report into how the services are functioning following their establishment four years ago. Police officers and firefighters praised “improvements in accessing national capacity and specialist expertise” as part of the new forces but they were “operating with diminishing resources”.

https://stv.tv/news/politics/1395420-reforms-leave-police-and-fire-services-stretched/

 

Drink-drive warning ahead of national police crackdown

Motorists who drink or take drugs before getting behind the wheel put every road user at risk, police said. The warning comes at the launch of a week-long campaign to crack down on those who drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Roadside checks and high-visibility patrols will take place across Scotland, with officers also looking out for morning motorists who may still be under the influence from the night before. The initiative gets under way on Friday to coincide with a time of year when Scotland’s road users are at their highest risk of being killed or seriously injured.

https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1395444-drink-drive-warning-ahead-of-national-police-crackdown/

 

Police launch ‘Hold Onto Your Stuff’ initiative

Edinburgh’s visitors and locals are being advised to take care of their personal possessions while out in the busy city centre over the coming weeks. As part of Operation Summer City – Edinburgh’s Festival policing campaign – officers are once again promoting the ‘Hold Onto Your Stuff’ initiative and providing the public with useful information on safeguarding their valuables. The Festival is now well underway and hundreds of thousands of tourists will join residents within the Capital to experience the various attractions and events taking place. With so many people occupying the city, police are keen to ensure that the public do not fall victim to opportunistic criminals looking to steal their belongings.

http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2017/08/police-launch-hold-onto-your-stuff-initiative-2/

 

West Dunbartonshire’s new top cop urges people to speak up about crime fears

West Dunbartonshire’s new top cop has vowed to treat local people’s concerns about crime in their communities as a priority as she takes charge of policing the area. Chief superintendent Hazel Hendren is the new divisional commander for West Dunbartonshire and Argyll, taking over from now retired Grant Manders. For the first time since starting in the role around eight weeks ago, she sat down with the Lennox Herald to discuss how she hopes to tackle crime and combar concerns for people living and working here. Chief Supt Hendren has a long and varied career in the force, working in uniform to CID and special branch.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/local-news/west-dunbartonshires-new-top-cop-10962607