16th Nov 2017

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Custody cutbacks increases risks of officer assaults

Prisoners being passed from one custody holding facility to another are a risk to the safety of officers. Calum Steele, General Secretary of the Scottish Police Federation says prisoners’ patience is being tested by having to travel ‘unacceptably’ long distances.  Mr Steele, told Holyrood’s Justice Sub-Committee on policing the fed recognised a dedicated custody division has meant custody care has improved, however, due to wider issues, prisoners’ rights are being diminished.


Shocking new figures reveal rise in number of assaults on North-east police officers

The Evening Express can today reveal that 98 police staff were injured at work in the North-east in 2014/15 and that rose to 117 in 2015/16. It was higher still in 2016/17 at 136 – and there have been 127 injuries to police officers in the first seven months of 2017/18.  Sixty-one of those officers were assaulted and Steve Thomson of the Scottish Police Federation said: “Many people will be shocked by these figures, especially as six of the officers were bitten by humans.  “Most would be horrified that this is going on and that officers are assaulted while they are going out to work every day to keep the public safe.”  Mr Thomson, who is secretary of the federation’s North-east committee, added: “These figures have a tendency to peak and trough.


The Scottish Government did the impossible … it took on the drinks industry and won

Make no mistake, this dry-as-dust-sounding minimum alcohol pricing victory is as important and totemic for drink-sozzled Scotland as legalising divorce and same-sex marriage have been for Ireland. As a nation that’s prone to excess, we are about to collectively go cold turkey. It’s brave and about time.


May hints at Police Scotland VAT change in Budget and says it’s down to Scots Tory MPs

Theresa May has given the biggest indication yet that Chancellor Philip Hammond will U-turn on VAT charges for Scotland’s police and fire services. The Tory leader hinted at the move during Prime Minister’s Questions. But the Prime Minister left the SNP chief stunned when she said any change of heart from the Treasury would have nothing to do with Scottish Government demands, or pleas from Police Scotland or the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Instead, May said any change would be be because of representations from Scotland’s 13 Tory MPs.


May to “look at” Scottish police and fire VAT bill

Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to “look at the issue” of VAT paid by Scotland‘s emergency services. Since 2013 the SNP claim some £140 million has been slashed from frontline services to make VAT payments. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford told Mrs May at Prime Minister’s Questions that his party “would not give up” on this issue and urged her to take action. He said: “Scottish fire and police are the only forces in the United Kingdom to be charged VAT, depriving frontline services of £140 million since 2013.


Theresa May to “look at” issue of Police Scotland VAT

Theresa May has stoked speculation that the UK Government will fill a £35 million black hole in the budgets of Scotland’s emergency services after she pledged to “look at” controversial VAT rules Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have paid around £140 million in VAT since 2013, when the services were merged into national organisations. The reform made them eligible for VAT payments, which locally-controlled public bodies including police forces in England and Wales are exempt from.


Gold star for police project

A partnership between Forth Valley College, Graeme High School, Larbert High School and Police Scotland was recognised at this year’s recent Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) Star Awards. The college was highly commended in the Partnership of the Year Award category for its project Marking Learning Work with HNC Police Studies. The project was set up to provide school pupils interested in a career in the police force with the opportunity to work towards a relevant qualification while gaining hands-on work experience. A new Higher National Certificate in Police Studies was created in partnership with Police Scotland and SQA that was designed to provide young people with the knowledge and practical skills that are required of a new recruits to the police force.


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