Force rallies after Britain’s first race audit reveals extent of discrimination
Dorset Police has defended its corner on finding itself ‘centre stage’ as Theresa May warned forces there is “nowhere to hide” on discrimination after a world-first audit published research laying bare racial divides in health, education, employment and the criminal justice system. The south west force admitted it is in a “relatively unique” position having a low ethnic minority ratio after being singled out by the Prime Minister to explain why black people were seven times more likely to be arrested in its area than in Essex last year. Figures from the Government’s new Ethnicity Facts and Figures website – that delves into 130 aspects of UK life – revealed that, for every 1,000 black people living in Dorset, 127 were arrested last year. The equivalent figure in Essex is only 18.
Chief Superintendent Lesley Clark appointed new Divisional Commander
The Lothians and Scottish Borders Division has welcomed Chief Superintendent Lesley Clark as its new Divisional Commander. CS Clark grew up in Midlothian and started her policing career as a Special Constable whilst working for the John Lewis Partnership. She became a regular officer a year later in 1988, working in Edinburgh and Livingston as she rose through the ranks. After working in Police Scotland’s Operational Support Division looking after event and emergency planning, she returned to Edinburgh where she has been part of the Senior Management Team for the Division with responsibility for areas including counter terrorism, emergency and event planning, wellbeing and engagement.
PEOPLE living in one of Scotland‘s furthest-flung outposts are raising money for their own drugs detection dog amid growing concerns around the level of illegal substance abuse. A campaign has been launched in Orkney to raise £100,000 to pay for the sniffer dog and its handler, who would assist police officers during drug sweeps and anti-smuggling operations at ferry ports and the airport. Last year almost 30 drug busts took place on the islands, turning up consignments of all classes of drugs including heroin and cocaine. Substances dubbed ‘legal highs’, which were only made illegal last year, were also seized by officers.
It was once an institution which gripped viewers and was feted by the authorities for its ability to help bring some of the country’s most notorious criminals to justice. But after 33 years, the BBC has announced that Crimewatch, one of the longest running shows in its history, has served its time. The corporation yesterday signalled an end to the prime time programme credited with helping to solve cases such as the murders of toddler James Bulger and eight-year-old Sarah Payne. Andrea MacDonald, chair of the Scottish Police Federation, said: “Crimewatch provided something very different when it was launched and it has become an institution over the past three decades. “In the world before social media it allowed the police to reach large numbers of the public to ask for assistance. It was undoubtedly instrumental in helping to solve some very high profile crimes.”
A campaign to increase understanding and reporting of hate crime has been launched. The Scottish Government has joined with Police Scotland and the Crown Office (COPFS) to launch a new campaign against hate crime. Hate has no Home in Scotland has been launched to mark Hate Crime Awareness Week and will run until 26 November. It aims to increase public understanding of what hate crime is, and how to report it – for those who personally experience it and, importantly, bystanders to hate crimes.