No ‘due diligence’ done on BTP-Police Scotland integration plan
No due diligence has been carried out on controversial plans to integrate British Transport Police into Police Scotland, it has emerged. Members of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) will meet today to discuss the plan to hand railway policing to the national force from 2019. But The Scotsman understands no detailed examination of the costs associated with the project has been carried out.
Ex-police officer who robbed £60,000 from his elderly mum could dodge jail
An ex-police crackshot who robbed £60,000 from his mum could dodge jail because she asked a court to show him mercy. Andrew Rough, a former firearms officer and detective sergeant, and his wife Jean, also an ex-PC, drained his mum Gladys’s bank accounts over a period of almost five years. They were convicted after a 10-day trial last month and appeared for sentencing yesterday.
The current state of Scotland’s crisis-hit police force can be described in one word – criminal
It might take a million words to fully unravel the failings of this country’s unwieldy, unloveable and ultimately unworkable law enforcement body. But for now, let’s boil it down to just two. Murder Polis. A great old phrase which, for the uninitiated, expresses a sense of extreme exasperation, generally delivered with a resigned shake of the head to emphasise one’s deep dissatisfaction with a given situation.
SIDELINE OF DUTY
Senior cop who made complaint about Police Scotland’s Chief Constable Phil Gormley was stripped of his duties
A senior cop who made a complaint about bully probe Chief Constable Phil Gormley was stripped of his duties. Malcolm Graham — who headed up the force’s 10-year strategy — got sidelined weeks before his boss’s “special leave”.
Scottish public sector employment levels fall
The number of people employed in the police and fire services has fallen over the last year, public sector employment figures have revealed. Those employed in further education colleges and local government has also decreased, according to data released by the Scottish Government.
Fewer people working for Scottish police and fire services
The total workforce of Scotland’s police and fire services has shrunk for the fourth year in a row. The number of people employed by the organisations has fallen by 380 over the last year, according to new figures. Their combined workforce has dropped each year since they were nationalised, falling from 30,200 in 2013 to 27,000 in 2017. About 200 people left Police Scotland over the closure of its local control rooms, costing the force £6.1m.
Training house for emergency services to boost support for vulnerable people in local community
A custom-built house where firefighters and emergency services can learn about people with conditions such as dementia has opened its doors. The training house, which cost £30,000, was opened yesterday by Annabelle Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety. It will be used as a means of training the most vulnerable members of Scotland’s communities allowing them to receive greater support to stay safe at home. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) unveiled the new facility at its headquarters in Cambuslang.
Abuse of elderly ‘should be a hate crime’ in Scotland
Abuse of elderly people should be treated as a hate crime in Scotland, campaigners have urged as they revealed one in 11 may have been victims. A survey by Action on Elder Abuse Scotland suggested nearly 90,000 people over 65 north of the Border might have suffered physical, psychological or sexual abuse, or theft. The result was based on responses from younger people about over-65s they knew. However, fewer than 3 per cent of the 1,000 older people who were also questioned admitted experiencing abuse themselves