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26th June, 2017
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Scottish safety campaign to stop drivers using phone launched

A road safety campaign aimed at stopping people using their phone while driving has been launched in Scotland. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf announced Looks Can Kill with the A9 Safety Group, which claims motorists are four times more likely to crash if using a mobile while behind the wheel. New research also shows social media and “in car” technology are causing a major distraction to Scottish drivers.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-safety-campaign-to-stop-drivers-using-phone-launched-1-4486251

Train staff warn British Transport Police merger will put lives at risk

Rail workers have warned a proposed police merger puts passenger and staff security at risk. TSSA union members, who hold their annual conference in Liverpool today, say a strike is on the cards over plans to bring British Transport Police officers into Police Scotland . The Scottish Government hope to pass the controversial legislation in a vote at Holyrood tomorrow. They insist the plan will improve safety and make policing “more accountable”. But concern about the move has already been raised by officers in the BTP federation, who warn expertise will be lost.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/train-staff-warn-british-transport-10688221

Council persists in police control room battle

Council chiefs are maintaining pressure on Scottish Government ministers to scrap the proposed switch of the police control room in Inverness to Dundee. They emerged from talks with senior police officers on Friday with an element of “reassurance” about the future of operations, but with no indication the Highland facility would be retained.  A motion from members to this week’s full council meeting in Inverness urges the Scottish Government and the Scottish Police Authority to “clarify the previous commitment to retain all the current jobs in the Inverness police control room, given the uncertainty caused by recent SPA (agenda) papers.”  It also urges ministers to reconsider the closure proposal to be decided by the SPA in August.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1275683/council-persists-in-police-control-room-battle/

Adults buying booze for underage teens face fines up to £5000 or a jail term

Adults who purchase alcohol for boozy teens could be slapped with a fine of up to £5,000 – or thrown in jail. That is the hard-hitting message from the ‘You’re asking for it’ campaign which is clamping down on the access children have to alcohol through targeting those adults who buy it for them.  The campaign will tackle underage drinking, antisocial behaviour, crime and violence.  It will run throughout North Lanarkshire, and is driven by the Scottish alcohol industry, Police Scotland and the local authority’s Community Safety Partnership. Chief Superintendent Roddy Irvine, Divisional Commander for Lanarkshire Division, said: “Underage drinking plays a huge part in antisocial behaviour, crime and violence in our local communities and it is important that we work together to tackle the problem and make our communities safer. Please support us in keeping our children safe and play your part in ensuring that your community is ‘not asking for it’.”

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15369962.Buying_booze_for_an_underage_teens__Here_is_why_you_could_be_fined_up_to___5_000_or_put_in_jail/

Campaign launched to remind A9 motorists of dangers of using mobile phones while driving

 

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has launched an A9 Safety Group’s campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of looking at or using a mobile phone while driving. The Looks Can Kill campaign highlights the fact that drivers are four times more likely to crash if they use their phone while driving. The group, as part of a continuing drive to reduce casualties on the route, insists that a number of collisions over the past two years may have been caused by a high degree of fatigue or distraction.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15370072.Campaign_launched_to_remind_A9_motorists_of_dangers_of_using_mobile_phones_while_driving/

Police face £260m bill to maintain buildings

Police Scotland has pledged to ensure that its buildings function properly following concerns that the force could be facing a maintenance bill of more than £260 million over the next decade. The Liberal Democrats said details released under freedom of information laws showed that the cost of maintaining buildings and the force’s mechanical and electrical systems amounted to £262,952,116.  Liam McArthur, the party’s justice spokesman, said the “huge bill” was a result of the “botched centralisation” of the force by the Scottish government.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/police-face-260m-bill-to-maintain-buildings-vqqmfqpgp

22nd June, 2017
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Council leader to meet senior police officers for crunch talks over Inverness control room future

Margaret Davidson has also written to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) about her concerns. She is seeking clarity about the proposed creation of a single National Database Enquiry Unit (NDEU) which would cover the whole of Scotland from Inverness.  It has been proposed that the NDEU would replace the Highland control room, which is expected to follow Aberdeen in being merged with the call centre in Dundee.  A final decision is expected to be taken by the Scottish Police Authority in August.  Mrs Davidson is seeking assurances about staffing, after a recent suggestion that the Inverness facility could work in partnership with an existing unit in Govan.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/inverness/1273098/council-leader-to-meet-senior-police-officers-over-inverness-control-room-future/

‘Dysfunction’ at top of Scottish Police Authority

The chief executive of Scotland’s police watchdog has been criticised in a damning report days after the body’s chairman resigned. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary Scotland (HMICS) said that it had found “fundamental weakness” at the top of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).  The inspectors were critical of John Foley, the chief executive, and reported “shortcomings” in his capacity to provide expert advice and support to the board.  The inspectorate’s report is the latest blow to the police authority, which lost Andrew Flanagan, its chairman, last week after sustained criticism of his leadership style from MSPs. The inspectors found “dysfunction” in the relationship between Mr Foley and Mr Flanagan, who announced last week that he was quitting.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dysfunction-at-top-of-scottish-police-authority-2rpnn58xj

Scottish Police Authority chief executive called on to quit amid “disarray” at watchdog

The Scottish Police Authority is in “complete disarray” after the chief executive faced calls for his resignation over damning criticism of the watchdog. In a report leaked to The Herald yesterday, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland found there was “dysfunction” in the relationship between John Foley and outgoing SPA chair Andrew Flanagan. HMICS also flagged up “shortcomings” in the “capacity” of Mr Foley and senior managers to provide expert advice to the SPA board, a failing described as a “fundamental weakness”.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15362621.Scottish_Police_Authority_chief_executive_called_on_to_quit_amid__quot_disarray_quot__at_watchdog/

Damning criticism of Scottish Police Authority in leaked report

Inspectors have delivered a damning report on the “dysfunctional” leadership of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Bosses at the beleaguered body, who controls Police Scotland’s billion pound budget, have been under pressure for months over claims of bullying, secretive meetings, decisions taken in private and papers being kept from board members. SNP MSP Alex Neil accused SPA bosses Andrew Flanagan and John Foley of acting like they were running the Kremlin. The near-constant criticism of the body, in particular over how the resignation of board member Moi Ali was handled, saw justice minister Michael Matheson ask Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) to bring forward a planned routine inspection.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15362526.Damning_criticism_of_Scottish_Police_Authority_in_leaked_report/

Lanarkshire kids team up with police for Kiss Bigotry Goodbye football match

Teenagers from across Lanarkshire have teamed up with the police and anti-sectarian campaigners for a football competition with a difference. Talented footballers from 10 schools will today compete for the Kiss Bigotry Goodbye Cup at Ravenscraig Sports Centre in an event organised by Police Scotland and supported by North Lanarkshire Leisure and the charity Nil by Mouth. The competition will give some of Lanarkshire’s most promising young footballers a chance to showcase their skills and they will take part in educational workshops to raise awareness of sectarianism, warn of the dangers of posting online abuse and deepen their understanding of different religious cultures and traditions.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15362527.Lanarkshire_kids_team_up_with_police_for_Kiss_Bigotry_Goodbye_football_match/

BLASTED

Chief Inspector of Constabulary Derek Penman savages cop watchdog for plot to limit public criticism of Police Scotland

A cop watchdog was savaged yesterday for a plot to limit public criticism of troubled Police Scotland. The crisis-hit Scottish Police Authority – which is meant to shine a light on the national force – was blasted in a scathing report by HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Derek Penman.  His probe found the SPA brought in new secrecy measures “primarily to mitigate against issues being played out in the media” ahead of its meetings.

The curbs followed a raft of coverage by The Scottish Sun and other media lifting the lid on chaos at Police Scotland.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/1181137/chief-inspector-of-constabulary-derek-penman-savages-cop-watchdog-for-plot-to-limit-public-criticism-of-police-scotland/

Police Scotland 10-year strategy laid before Parliament

A 10-year strategy aimed at ensuring Police Scotland is equipped to tackle new and emerging threats has been published.  “Policing 2026″ includes a commitment to recruit more civilian cyber specialists to counter the threat posed by cyber-crime and calls for greater emphasis on addressing vulnerability and mental health issues.  As well as maintaining officer numbers for 2017-18, the strategy also proposes a workforce model that frees up officers from support work to increase the number available for frontline policing.

https://www.scottishlegal.com/2017/06/21/police-scotland-10-year-strategy-laid-before-parliament/#

Partnership working to tackle anti-social behaviour in North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire Council’s anti-social behaviour team’s out-of-hours response service is continuing to stop anti-social behaviour across its communities since its launch over two years ago. The team has carried out over 1,500 visits to homes in response to complaints about persistent anti-social behaviour. And following on from these, over 57% of the addresses were not subject to any further reports of anti-social behaviour, and the majority of complaints were resolved in just two visits.  Working in partnership alongside Police Scotland, the service also continues to receive positive feedback and has a 93.55% satisfaction rating for the period 2016/17. This level has risen yearly since the introduction of the redesigned service.

http://www.scottishhousingnews.com/15979/partnership-working-to-tackle-anti-social-behaviour-in-north-lanarkshire/#

21st June, 2017
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Police Scotland warned over numbers in light of terror risk

Concerns have been raised over controversial Police Scotland plans to reduce officer numbers as part of a long-term strategy to re-shape the national force. A ten-year vision for policing, laid before the Scottish Parliament yesterday, will see a reduction in numbers by around 400 by late 2020.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/police-scotland-warned-over-numbers-in-light-of-terror-risk-1-4481520

Glasgow’s heroin ‘shooting gallery’ to seek immunity from police raids and prosecution

The UK’s first “shooting gallery” for heroin addicts will appeal for immunity from Scotland’s top prosecutor to ensure police do not raid the pioneering unit once it opens.

Addicts will be able to get their fixes in the controversial complex, which will cost £2.3 million a year to run and is to be sited in a Glasgow shopping district. But staff and heroin users attending the pilot scheme, to be based by the River Clyde between Trongate and the Saltmarket, could face prosecution for drug dealing if they so much as handle a bin containing a heroin needle.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15359876.City___s____safer____drug_site_is_set_to_seek_immunity_from_police/

NSPCC reveals 427 per cent rise in calls over emotional child abuse in Scotland

Reports to a specialist helpline over the emotional abuse of children have soared by 427 per cent in Scotland in seven years, the NSPCC has revealed. In its annual child protection report, which is out today, the charity says it is handling more calls than ever from members of the public who are worried that youngsters are suffering psychological torment.  Just 83 calls were received on this issue in 2009-10, compared with 438 in the last 12 months.

http://thenational.scot/news/15359798.NSPCC_reveals_427_per_cent_rise_in_calls_over_emotional_child_abuse_in_Scotland/

SNP and Labour tell Theresa May: Queen’s Speech must bring an end to austerity

The SNP and Labour have called on embattled Theresa May to end austerity when her minority government’s programme is set out in the Queen’s Speech in Westminster today. Dugdale is also calling for VAT exemptions to Scotland’s police and fire services and more support for the North Sea oil and gas industry.

http://www.thenational.scot/politics/15359799.SNP_and_Labour_tell_Theresa_May__Queen___s_Speech_must_bring_an_end_to_austerity/

Chris Marshall: Now not the time to cut frontline police numbers

If positives can be taken from amid the terror of Manchester and London or the horror of Grenfell Tower, then perhaps the most obvious is the heroic response of the emergency services. When terrorists attacked London Bridge earlier this month, it took armed police just eight minutes from the time of the first emergency call to shoot dead all three attackers. The response time following this week’s attack at Finsbury Park mosque was similarly impressive, with officers arriving within a minute and a cordon in place within ten. And such was the response to the blaze at Grenfell Tower, local residents lined the street to applaud firefighters after they had finished their work.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/chris-marshall-now-not-the-time-to-cut-frontline-police-numbers-1-4481479

Justice Secretary issues pledge on police officer recruitment

The recruitment of police officers will not be slowed until there is clear evidence of an increase in “operational capacity” in the force, Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has told MSPs. Police Scotland outlined plans in February to cut officer numbers by 400 as part of its 10-year policing plan. Chief Constable Phil Gormley said recruitment levels would begin to slow between 2018 and 2020 while more specialist civilian staff in areas such as cyber-crime will be recruited. He also pledged better use of technology, more effective deployment and releasing officers from back office and corporate roles.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15359537.Justice_Secretary_issues_pledge_on_police_officer_recruitment/

Police Scotland’s performance lays ‘good foundations’ for the future

Police Scotland continues to provide “high quality” service to its communities, an annual review has found. The force has met its objectives and is overseeing reductions in crime across most categories, according to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). Most offences are being detected and local policing continues to improve, although many hate crimes are going unreported, it said.  The SPA also praised the force for its close ties with partners and claimed its own board has enhanced oversight of policing.  However, opposition MSPs have claimed the SPA is “in denial” of Police Scotland’s true condition.

http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=29610

Vision for future of policing in Scotland laid before Parliament

A vision for the future of policing in Scotland has been laid before the Scottish Parliament following one of the most extensive consultation exercises ever under taken in Scotland.

The Policing 2026 strategy sets out ambitious plans to build the police service that Scotland needs for the future, and to make it financially and operationally sustainable within three years. In one of the largest of its kind, views were sought on the draft strategy in a nationwide consultation that ran between February and May 2017. More than 1700 responses were received, supplemented by additional feedback gathered from staff, partners and the public at events and meetings both before and during the consultation.

http://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/2017/06/vision-for-future-of-policing-in-scotland-laid-before-parliament/

SQUAD CAR REPAIR BILL

Repair bills for cop cars spiralled by £1MILLION after police failed to spend cash earmarked for new motors

Repair bills for cop cars spiralled by £1million after cops failed to spend cash earmarked for new motors. Police Scotland bean counters used the underspend to make the crisis-hit force’s whopping deficit look smaller.  But it’s now been revealed the plan backfired amid spiralling repair costs on knackered vehicles.  The scandal emerged after Scottish Police Federation ambushed Justice Secretary Michael Matheson at October’s SNP conference with snaps of bust cop cars.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/1173273/police-scotland-car-repair-million/

SPICE WARS

Drugs experts hold summit in Dundee over ‘scourge’ of Spice and other legal highs to Scotland

Drugs experts will hold a summit in Dundee over the “scourge” of Spice and other legal highs to Scotland. They’ll gather as much information as possible about fentanyls and many of the 600-plus new psychoactive substances that have been identified since 2008.  And they’ll work with police forensics officers and the Scottish Government to help identify the increasing number of substances being produced.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/1172347/drugs-experts-spice-summit-dundee-scotland/

Ministers consider police funding U-turn after Scotland Yard chief warns force is ‘stretched’ following terror attacks and surge in violence crimes

Ministers were last night said to be considering a U-turn on police funding after the head of Scotland Yard warned the force was ‘stretched’ by terror attacks and a rise in violent crime. Home Secretary Amber Rudd was under pressure to boost cash for the Metropolitan Police after Commissioner Cressida Dick said she was facing a shortfall of £400million over the next few years.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4623742/Ministers-consider-police-funding-U-turn-terror.html

20th June, 2017
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Police Scotland report ridiculed for ‘blindly ignoring the issues’

A watchdog’s report that says Scotland’s police force is providing a consistently high-quality service has been ridiculed by opposition politicians. The annual review by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) found that Police Scotland had met its objectives and that crime was reducing in the majority of categories.  However, Douglas Ross, the newly elected Conservative MP for Moray, claimed that the document painted an unrealistic and overly optimistic picture. Mr Ross, who ousted Angus Robertson, the SNP’s deputy leader, also pointed out that Andrew Flanagan, the SPA’s chairman, had recently tendered his resignation.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/police-scotland-report-ridiculed-for-blindly-ignoring-the-issues-mg07n95sf

Scottish Government urged to drop transport police merger plan

The Scottish Government has been urged to suspend controversial railway policing plans amid the “ongoing and significant threat from terrorism”. In a letter to transport Minister Humza Yousaf, the British Transport Police Federation said pressing ahead with the integration of BTP’s operations north of the Border into Police Scotland would put lives at risk. BTP Federation chairman Nigel Goodband said: “Given the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, and the ongoing and significant threat from terrorism, I am writing to you as a matter of urgency to implore you to suspend the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/scottish-government-urged-to-drop-transport-police-merger-plan-1-4480366

Attacks on Muslims are fuelling further terror threat

A backlash against the Muslim community in the United Kingdom has been feared since the recent terrorist atrocities in Manchester and London, and the sickening attack on Muslims leaving a mosque after evening prayers represents confirmation of current tensions.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/leader-comment-attacks-on-muslims-are-fuelling-further-terror-threat-1-4480403

Male child sex abuse survivors charity ‘struggling with demand’

Scotland’s only child sexual abuse service for male survivors is struggling to keep up with demand. Speak Out Scotland (SOS), based at Port Dundas, has just been awarded £146,595 from the Big Lottery Fund to help fund its work for the next five years. But staff said their work is only the tip of the iceberg and the charity could be helping dozens of more men.  Julie Harkins, Project Development Worker, said: “It was really after the Jimmy Savile scandal broke that we started seeing more men come forward and now we also have the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry so the topic is being discussed and brought more into the public consciousness.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15357981.Male_child_sex_abuse_survivors_charity___39_struggling_with_demand__39_/

Police watchdog slammed for ‘slapping its own back’

Critics have slammed the country’s crisis-hit police watchdog for “pretending all is well when it clearly isn’t”. In its latest annual assessment, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) said Police Scotland continues to provide “a high-quality” service across the country, with crime rates falling in most categories. It also found oversight of policing had been strengthened by the SPA board, which has “enhanced its skills and experience in key areas such as finance, audit and ICT, and reinforced its grip of the police budget and oversight of key change programmes like call handling”.  However, the LibDems and Tories said the report failed to address problems within both organisations. The SPA has been fiercely criticised over the past few months amid concerns over transparency and governance. Chair Andrew Flanagan resigned last week as pressure mounted over a bullying row.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15357650.Police_watchdog_slammed_for____slapping_its_own_back___/

Dundee University opens research centre to tackle rising threat from psychoactive substances

Dundee University has created a Centre for Excellence in new psychoactive substances (NPS) research, which will work with police forensics officers and the Scottish Government to help identify the increasing numbers of being produced. New psychoactive substances, often “incorrectly” labelled as legal-highs, is a term referring to addictive drugs which alter a user’s state of mind, usually with long-term harmful effects.  More than 600 different substances have been identified in Europe since 2008, with particular focus being paid attention to “Spice” and Fentanyls.  Spice is a “constantly evolving” substance produced from man-made cannabinoids, and Fentanyls are a group of potent man-made opiods either taken on their own or mixed with heroin.

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/451743/dundee-university-opens-research-centre-to-tackle-rising-threat-from-psychoactive-substances/

Frontline on cyber crime: How police are battling the crooks targeting our personal information 

Online is the new frontline for police fighting crime in a digital age? Cyber crime is a global issue that doesn’t respect borders and leaves everyone at risk.  Attackers can be low-level hackers operating alone or international gangs targeting big businesses.  Tackling this contemporary crime is a challenge that is forcing police to rethink operations.  “There’s a sophistication and organisation from criminals who may be operating outwith our jurisdiction – they don’t even have to set foot in this country,” says Detective Inspector Eamonn Keane, who leads Police Scotland’s cyber crime operations team.  He works closely with police units across Europe, China, the FBI in America and now, the new National Crime Security Centre, at GCHQ in London.  Police Scotland is also working closely with Royal Bank of Scotland, who are leading the way in keeping customers safe online.

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/lifestyle/money/frontline-cyber-crime-how-police-10583846

‘MATTER OF URGENCY’

Transport cops urge SNP to stop force being absorbed into Police Scotland because of current terror threat

Transport cops last night urged the SNP to stop their force being absorbed into Police Scotland because of the current terror threat. MSPs are due to vote next week on proposals for the merger.  But BTP Federation chairman Nigel Goodband called for the plan to be scrapped “as a matter of urgency”.  In a letter to Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, he said: “During a time of vulnerability, it would be imprudent to place passengers and staff at risk by continuing with the proposed integration.”

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/1170633/transport-police-police-scotland-snp-humza-yousaf/

University of Dundee to fight epidemic of addictive drugs

A research base has been established at a Scottish university to tackle the emerging epidemic of highly addictive new drugs. The Centre for Excellence in New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) has been created at the University of Dundee with the aim of tackling specific drug threats as part of wider initiative with the Scottish Police Authority Forensic Services and the Scottish Government. 
Among the 600 different NPS recorded in Europe since 2008 are ‘Spice’ – a constantly changing material containing a variety of synthetic cannabinoids and Fentanyls – a group of potent opioids used as painkillers and linked to the death of pop legend Prince last year. 
The centre will also involve input from Police Scotland, NHS Scotland, first responders and voluntary organisations creating a national consortium to work together to address the NPS challenges Scotland faces.

http://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/university-of-dundee-to-fight-epidemic-of-addictive-drugs-1-4480033 Opposition parties slam ‘all is well’ police watchdog report

Scotland‘s police watchdog has been criticised by opposition parties for producing an annual review of the force’s performance that “pretends all is well when it clearly isn’t”. In its 2016/17 assessment, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) noted Police Scotland continues to provide “a high-quality” service across the country, with crime rates falling in most categories. The review also found oversight of policing had been strengthened by the SPA board, which has “enhanced its skills and experience in key areas such as finance, audit and ICT, and reinforced its grip of the police budget and oversight of key change programmes like call handling”.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15357594.Opposition_parties_slam__all_is_well__police_watchdog_report/

Rail policing merger would ‘place passengers and staff at risk’ from terrorism

Officers and rail staff have both launched formal campaigns to stop British Transport Police (BTP) being merged into Police Scotland. BTP Federation chair Nigel Goodband has written to Ministers asking them to suspend the Railway Policing (Scotland) Bill, which would combine the two forces.  Mr Goodband questioned whether it is right to proceed the merger at a time of heightened national threat from terrorism, as “teething problems” could leave rail passengers at risk. His rallying call comes as the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) launched an online petition urging the Scottish Government to drop the Bill. Mr Goodband wrote: “During a time of vulnerability, I believe it would be imprudent to place passengers and staff at risk by continuing with the proposed integration.  “During any transfer of services there is always a level of uncertainty and, learning from the inception of Police Scotland, there are likely to be teething problems with the transfer of staff, assets, IT and so on. This will inevitably impact on the level of service provided. “With this in mind, the British Transport Police Federation questions whether it is right that this integration continues while transport hubs and the country’s infrastructure is at such a risk from terrorism. I would suggest not.”

http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=29601

Police Scotland service ‘high quality’, performance review finds

Police Scotland continues to provide “a high-quality” service across the country, an annual review of its performance has found. The 2016/17 assessment by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) found crime is reducing in most categories while the majority of crimes are being detected. However, it noted there had been an increase in some violent crime and sexual crimes.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15357160.Police_Scotland_service__high_quality___performance_review_finds/

Speed cameras cost Scottish drivers more than £5 million last year

Speed cameras across Scotland raised more than £5 million in fines last year, according to figures. The total is £200,000 higher than the previous year and the highest amount since 2014.  Cameras in Tayside, Central and Fife produced the most money, £1.3 million, followed by Grampian and the Highlands and Islands, which generated £1.2 million.  The devices record motorists who break the speed limit with automatic fines, resulting in £5,095,100 being paid to courts in 2016-17.  The figures were revealed by a Freedom of Information request by the Scottish Conservatives.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/15356077.Speed_cameras_cost_Scottish_drivers_more_than___5_million_last_year/

Beleaguered police watchdog gives force a clean bill of health

Scotland’s crisis-stricken police watchdog was criticised yesterday after declaring the single force a success. The SPA has been at the centre of controversy for months over claims of bullying by its chairman Andrew Flanagan.  He quit amid a political furore after allegations that he ran the body like the Kremlin – but remains in post until a successor can be found.

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20170620/281646780134889

 

19th June, 2017
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Monday, June 19th, 2017

 

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15355486.Union_urges_Scottish_Government_to_halt__ludicrous__British_Transport_Police_merger_after_terror_attacks/

 

Union urges Scottish Government to halt ‘ludicrous’ British Transport Police merger after terror attacks

MERGING British Transport Police with Police Scotland is a “ludicrous way” to attempt to improve policing on the railways, according to a union leader. Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Transport and Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA), was speaking as he urged the Scottish Government to scrap plans to merge the two forces in the wake of the London and Manchester terror attacks. TSSA has also launched an online petition urging ministers to ditch the Railway Policing Bill. The legislation will hand power over railway policing to Police Scotland and the watchdog Scottish Police Authority (SPA) after the 2016 Scotland Act extended new powers to the Scottish Parliament. It passed its first hurdle at Holyrood last month, despite calls from Labour and the Tories for the move to be reconsidered.

https://stv.tv/news/politics/1391534-renewed-pressure-to-drop-plans-for-police-force-merger/

 

Renewed pressure to drop plans for police force merger

 

A union has put fresh pressure on the Scottish Government to drop plans to merge British Transport Police (BTP) with Police Scotland in the wake of recent terror attacks. The Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (TSSA) has launched an online petition urging ministers to ditch the Railway Policing Bill. The legislation will hand power over railway policing to Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) watchdog after the 2016 Scotland Act extended new powers to the Scottish Parliament. It passed its first hurdle at Holyrood last month, despite calls from Labour and the Tories for the move to be reconsidered.

 

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/1164567/officers-man-broken-gate-perth-police-station/

 

Officers hauled off the streets to man broken gate at Perth police station while they await repairs

 

POLICE Scotland have been paying an officer to sit in a patrol car parked outside the front door of their divisional HQ 24 hours a day. Force chiefs have made the bizarre move to have officers act as a human replacement for a broken parking barrier. Officers have been withdrawn from other front line duties to sit in the parked patrol car day and night for more than a week. The arrangement – described as “a ludicrous waste of taxpayers money” – is expected to continue for several more days until spare parts for the broken barrier turn up. Officers are being sent out in two hour shifts and can be seen occasionally driving a few yards forward to let approved vehicles enter the car park to the rear of Perth police station.

16th June, 2017
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Friday, June 16th, 2017

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/repeat-runaways-put-police-resources-under-strain-qdh5233gt

Repeat runaways put police resources under strain

Police Scotland officers are carrying out 60 investigations into missing people every day. New figures show that out of the 22,000 cases reported in the past year, more than half involved individuals who had previously gone missing on other occasions. The statistics, revealed at the International Conference of Missing Children and Adults, which is being held in Dundee, also confirmed that one person was the focus of more than 170 separate investigations over the 12-month period. The Scottish government has acknowledged the strain this situation is putting on police resources by launching a strategy aimed at preventing such episodes. It involves people who repeatedly go missing being offered counselling and support by charity and social workers. Andy Cowie, Scotland’s assistant chief constable.

http://www.scotsman.com/news/police-investigate-nearly-60-missing-people-cases-a-day-1-4476954

Police investigate nearly 60 missing people cases a day

Police Scotland has warned more needs to be done to safeguard vulnerable children and adults after newly released figures revealed it carries out nearly 60 investigations into missing people every day. Out of nearly 22,000 cases in the last year, the force said more than half (54%) involved individuals who had gone missing multiple times, with one person the focus of more than 170 separate investigations over the 12 month period. The force, which said the problem is “illustrative of the non-crime related demand” on its resources, stressed it alone cannot prevent people from going missing, and urged its partners and communities to help address the issue. A leading missing person’s charity told The Scotsman that liaising with missing people after they were safely located was key to curbing the problem.

 

http://www.thenational.scot/news/15351223.We_look_for_same_individual_170_times_a_year___police_tell_missing_persons_conference_of_investigation_challenges/

We look for same individual 170 times a year – police tell missing persons conference of investigation challenges

ONE person went missing more than 170 times in just one year, Police Scotland have revealed. The force carries out around 22,000 probes into disappearances annually, but half of these cases are for people who vanish more than once. And between April 2016 and March this year, one individual sparked more than 170 operations. The news came as Assistant Chief Constable Andy Cowie addressed the International Conference on Missing Children and Adults in Dundee yesterday. Cowie said: “While missing person investigations are police-led they are not police-only.