Scottish police tweet to unnamed woman as victim of domestic abuse
Police have tweeted an open letter to an unnamed young woman on a Scottish island, encouraging her to tell officers if she is a victim of domestic abuse. The message is one of a series of linked tweets posted by Lochaber and Skye Police at the weekend. The first tweet states: “A letter to a young woman in Skye. We know you follow this account and want you to see this.” Police go on to say the woman’s friends and family believe she is in danger. Another tweet adds: “We want to help you and are doing lots with other agencies to try to keep you safe. “You might not see us, you might not even like us being involved, but we are always thinking about how we can help you. “Your family and friends have told you they think you are in danger – they support you and want you to be safe.”
Senior Police Scotland officer Ruth Gilfillan demoted three ranks to constable after sectarian comment probe
A senior police officer who led Police Scotland’s Human Trafficking Unit has been demoted three ranks after allegedly making a sectarian comment. Ruth Gilfillan has fallen from detective chief inspector to constable following an internal probe into a remark she made at work. However, a spokesperson for the Scottish Police Federation, which is representing her, said she is appealing the decision. Gilfillan worked in the old Strathclyde force before taking a senior role in Police Scotland’s National Rape Taskforce and Human Trafficking Unit. She appeared in a hard-hitting Channel 4 documentary, Modern British Slavery, as an officer carrying out a spot check on a nail bar in Glasgow.
Former Labour health minister appointed as new chair of the Scottish Police Authority
Former health minister Susan Deacon has been appointed as the new chair of the Scottish Police Authority. Deacon was a Labour MSP from 1999 to 2007 and became the first minister for health and community care in Donald Dewar’s cabinet after devolution. She will replace Andrew Flanagan, who resigned from the post in June after being criticised by two parliamentary committees and HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary over issues of transparency and his treatment of former board member Moi Ali. Prior to her election, Deacon spent seven years in local government, followed by senior roles in management training and development in the private sector and higher education, including as director of the MBA programme at Heriot-Watt University. Since standing down from parliament a decade ago, Deacon has held a number of positions on boards and has contributed to governance and policy reviews, including the Joining the Dots report on early years for the Scottish Government in her role as early years champion.
Police Scotland in row after force tries to ease £6.4 million bill for overtime after Commonwealth Games
Police Scotland is at the centre of claims it risks breaching workers’ rights with a significant number of officers and staff due holidays and days off in lieu for working overtime. Officers will be owed a cumulative 12,500 days annual leave by the end of the year, while staff will be waiting for 3,750 days, a report to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) reveals. There is also over 11,400 days of outstanding time off in lieu (TOIL), the majority of which dates back to 2014 when a boom in overtime claims from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow risked making the single force’s existing financial troubles even worse.
Glasgow child sex exploitation claims being investigated by police
Police are to investigate claims that children as young as 12 are routinely being sold for sex in one of Scotland’s most deprived areas. Locals in the Govanhill area of Glasgow told The Times newspaper of being offered Roma children for sex or being approached outside bars by youngsters themselves. The paper said that in September 2015 Crosshill and Govanhill Community Council recorded in minutes that an “issue had been raised regarding child prostitution within Govanhill” and children were seen to be wandering the streets at night.