2nd Oct 2017

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Holyrood in call for improvement on public sector boards

A Holyrood committee has called for improvements to the way boards of public sector bodies are run following a “steady stream of critical reports”. The public audit committee set out its concerns in a letter to the finance secretary, Derek Mackay, highlighting the example of “significant governance failings” at the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) which eventually resulted in its chairman Andrew Flanagan announcing he will resign.


Daily highlights ‘culture of secrecy’ after police refuse to name ‘sex beast’

A daily newspaper has again highlighted what it calls the ‘culture of secrecy’ in Scottish law enforcement after a police force refused to identify a “sex beast” on the loose. The Daily Record published a front-page story last week on Police Scotland keeping secret the identity of the offender, who has been missing for at least three weeks. It is the third time this year that the Record has been prevented from naming a sex offender as a result of official secrecy.  In March this year Record editor Murray Foote accused Police Scotland of “putting up shutters” after the force refused to release any details of another sex offender who had been on the run for a month.


Scotland’s top cop Phil Gormley hit with FOURTH bullying probe from senior staff member

Scotland’s top cop has been hit by a fourth bullying complaint from a senior staff member. Police sources believe the latest allegation against Phil Gormley – by civilian worker Lesley Bain – is the final nail in the coffin of his career as chief constable.  The chief is due to learn within a week the outcome of an initial review of the three earlier complaints by the Police Independent Review Commissioner.  That stage signals the end of his four-week period of so-called “special leave” and could have led to him being invited to resume his duties as head of Police Scotland.


Second anniversary of disclosure scheme for domestic abuse in Scotland

More than one thousand people have sought information about their partners in the second year of Police Scotland’s Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland (DSDAS). Of the 2144 requests made to DSDAS since the scheme rolled out nationally on 1 October 2015, 927 people have been told their partner has an abusive past.  Nearly 59,000 incidents of domestic abuse were reported to Police Scotland in 2016-17, an average of one incident every nine minutes, making it the greatest single demand on the police service in Scotland.


Scots cops called to domestic abuse every NINE MINUTES

More than 900 people in Scotland have been warned that their partner has an abusive past over the last two years as a result of “Clare’s Law”. On the second anniversary of the Disclosure Scheme for Domestic Abuse in Scotland (DSDAS), Police Scotland revealed that 2,144 requests had been made under the scheme. These led to 927 people being told that their partner has a previous history of abusive behaviour. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson praised the scheme’s success “in helping safeguard those who have been suffering from, or at risk of domestic abuse”.



Five Scots cops investigated over criminal behaviour before man murdered

Five cops are being probed over allegations of criminal behaviour before a man was murdered. Three were suspended and two put on restricted duties following the death of Frederick McGettigan, 51, in Auchinairn, near Glasgow.  The exact nature of the accusations against the officers can’t be revealed for legal reasons.  But Police Scotland’s Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone confirmed the claims are being probed by the force’s watchdog.



Former top cop Sir Stephen House could be called as a witness over bullying claims against his replacement Phil Gormley

Former top cop Sir Stephen House could be called as a witness over bullying claims against his replacement Phil Gormley. The news emerged as watchdogs confirmed they received a third allegation against Police Scotland’s current chief constable.


Herald campaign exposes Scottish society’s addiction to prescription drugs

We need to talk about drugs. Scotland, to resurrect an old slogan, needs to know the score. Because this country, more than three decades after it was first hit by a heroin epidemic, is riding a new wave of pharmaceuticals. And this time the crisis affects all of us, not just those we too often dismiss as “junkies”.


Five Scots children caught with weapons every week

Soaring numbers of school-children are being caught with knives and other weapons. New figures show under-16s are being reported to the authorities at a rate of nearly five a week – despite repeated SNP assertions that knife crime is falling.  They come two weeks after a pupil was hurt in an alleged knife attack at a school in Livingston, West Lothian.


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