Police Scotland: The International Dimension
Since its inception in 2013, Police Scotland has often been in the news. A story less told is its growing international reputation for offering high-quality training to police forces in other countries. In this article, David Hamilton of the Scottish Police Federation illuminates the nature of Police Scotland’s international work, and how opportunities are growing for collaboration between national police forces.
Police Scotland top cop Phil Gormley faces THIRD watchdog probe third into gross misconduct claims
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner have launched a third probe into gross misconduct allegations against Chief Constable Phil Gormley. The under-fire Police Scotland chief, who is on special leave, was notified at his Norfolk home yesterday that the allegations would be investigated.
Desperate Scots turn to deadly sex and diet pills online
Police and medicines watchdogs have joined forces to tackle the “acute” health risk of mass Scottish online purchases of Indian lifestyle drugs. Law enforcement sources warn of growing internet demand for potentially dangerous unlicensed medications, especially erectile dysfunction and diet pills, from the subcontinent. Police Scotland and Britain’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Authority (MHRA) for the first time will team up at the elite crime campus to tailor a specific Scottish response.
Police issue warning as counter terrorism exercise comes to the Borders
A major counter-terrorism exercise will take place in the Scottish Borders and neighbouring districts from today. A warning has been issued by the Home Office to expect additional emergency service vehicles on the roads during the large-scale exercise. But exact details of Exercise Border Reiver are being kept secret until it reaches its conclusion on Thursday. Police Scotland’s assistant chief constable Bernard Higgins explained: “Police Scotland and other police forces throughout Britain regularly assess and exercise their counter terrorism resources and capabilities to ensure we can respond appropriately to any incidents, which may arise.
Police urge public not to be alarmed as a three-day anti-terrorism exercise gets underway in Scotland today
Police warn the public not be alarmed as a three-day anti-terrorism exercise gets underway in Scotland today. The major event will begin near Edinburgh and continue on sites across the country until October 5. It will include increased emergency services activity in areas around the capital and the Lothians. The plans, which have been in place for over a year, will allow emergency services, Governments and other agencies to plan for terrorist incidents.
MSPs to hear evidence on controversial football bill
A senior police officer will give evidence on the move to scrap a law aimed a tackling sectarian behaviour at football matches. Labour’s James Kelly Member’s Bill plans to repeal the Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act. He claims the bill has “done nothing to combat bigotry” and has highlighted the opposition of lawyers, academics and football fans to the law, which was brought into force in 2012. Police Scotland assistant chief constable Bernard Higgins will appear before Holyrood’s justice committee to give the force’s views on the repeal plans.
Cops launch major anti-terror exercise across Scotland and north-east England
A major cross-border counter-terrorism exercise is to begin today. Exercise Border Reiver will take place over three days in locations around Edinburgh, the Lothians and the north-east of England. It is designed to test the response of emergency services to a cross-border incident and is not in response to a specific threat. People living in areas close to the exercise will be informed in advance and the exercise will not affect normal policing, Police Scotland said.
Police Scotland ‘sorry’ after involvement in Pride Glasgow march sparked ‘disharmony in Scotland’s LGBTI communities’
Police Scotland has said sorry after its involvement in the Pride Glasgow march sparked “disharmony in Scotland’s LGBTI communities”. Top brass at the under-fire force launched a probe into what was branded “botched” policing of the Glasgow gay parade in August.