Figures show 700 complaints made about Police Scotland officers
Allegations of sexual misconduct and attempts to pervert the course of justice are among nearly 700 complaints received by Police Scotland about its officers. A total of 683 notifications have been made to the force through various channels since February, including around more than 60 from its internal whistleblowing system. The figures emerged ahead of an appearance by justice secretary Michael Matheson at a Police Scotland professional ethics conference in Tulliallan, Fife, today. Police Scotland overhauled its professional standards departments earlier this year after a series of controversies involving the force’s now defunct counter-corruption unit.
Dumfries and Galloway police praised for pointing out man’s parking fail after he tried to shame them online
Cops have been praised for their hilarious clap back at a man who tried to shame them online for bad parking. Callum Smith tried to call out Dumfries and Galloway Police Division with a photograph of a cop van slightly over the parking lines. The social media user shared the photograph to the police division’s Facebook page, simply writing: “Some parking at tescos Dumfries tonight”. But the social media team for the police force were having none of it – sharing a photograph of Callum’s car parked diagonally across a disabled bat five years ago.
Officer wins prestigious international award for ‘innovative’ prison initiative
Scotland’s first prison liaison officer has been presented with a top honour by the International Association of Women Police (IAWP), adding to two awards already earned this year. Police Constable Tracey Gunn won Police Officer of the Year at Police Scotland’s Excellence Awards in January before she received the same award at the British Association of Women in Policing’s ceremony in June. Her work on the groundbreaking ‘Meet the Police’ initiative, which forges strong links between officers’ and prisoners’ children, has received international recognition as she was awarded Officer of the Year on Sunday night (September 17) at the IAWP’s International Women and Law Enforcement conference in Cairns, Australia.
Football Act ‘has reduced offensive singing’, police claim
The singing of offensive songs at football matches has decreased since the introduction of the Offensive Behaviour Act, Police Scotland has claimed. Assistant chief constable (ACC) Bernard Higgins made the claim as part of the force’s written submission to Holyrood’s justice committee, which is currently considering plans lodged by Labour MSP James Kelly to repeal the act. The legislation came into force in 2012 and has been the subject of protests from both football fans and clubs.
Repeal of football anti-bigotry laws could lead to “regression” of offensive behaviour, Scots police chief warns
The repeal of laws to fight bigotry in football could lead to a “regression” to offensive behaviour, a police chief has warned. Police Scotland said the singing of offensive songs at football matches has been cut by the introduction of the anti-sectarianism laws. And the force says that “offensive songs which make reference to proscribed organisations”, such as the IRA and the UVF, may be legalised if the repeal of the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications Scotland (2012) Act is successful.