Plans to arm 500 regular police officers in Scotland with Tasers following rise in knife attacks
PLANS to arm hundreds of police officers across Scotland with Tasers following a huge rise in knife attacks is a positive first step towards alleviating recent safety concerns within the force, it has been claimed. Rank and file officers can apply to be trained in handing stun guns before they are rolled out across Scotland next summer in a move which will more than double the number currently on the streets. It is estimated that 500 new trainees will join the 275 specialist firearms officers who currently carry the 50,000-volt weapons.
Seven Police Scotland officers probed for gross misconduct in Emma Caldwell murder case
The officers who formerly worked for the police Counter-Corruption Unit (CCU) but now work elsewhere in Police Scotland, have been placed on restricted duties. Seven serving police officers in Scotland are under investigation for gross misconduct in connection with a murder inquiry, MSPs have heard. The officers, who formerly worked for the police Counter-Corruption Unit (CCU) but now work elsewhere in Police Scotland , have been placed on restricted duties. Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is carrying out the probe and the officers could face dismissal if gross misconduct is confirmed, Holyrood’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing was told. The investigation was sparked following a review by the Interception of Communications Commissioner’s Office (IOCCO) in response to fears that police had been “illegally spying on journalists”.
Armed guard at the Scottish Parliament takes no chances with interesting uniform ‘upgrade’
Police Scotland confirmed that the officer’s new tools were ‘not part of the standard issue kit’ after his cutlery was spotted. An armed policeman guarding the Scottish Parliament yesterday was taking no chances… with his lunch. Beside the usual array of weapons and walkie-talkies, a set of camping cutlery was hanging from his uniform. The officer is understood to have “upgraded” his kit for mealtimes after visiting unequipped police stations. An onlooker said: “The police at the Parliament look pretty intimidating with their rifles and Tasers.
Scottish Youth Parliament contact police in sleaze probe
The Scottish Youth Parliament has referred claims of sexual harassment among its would-be politicians to the police. The charity last year investigated a claim that one of its young members sent an explicit photograph to a minor and sexually harassed others in the organisation. After taking advice from child protection experts and consulting lawyers, the SYP concluded the allegations were false and the alleged culprit had “no case to answer”.
Harassment probe launched at Scottish Youth Parliament
The Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) is being investigated by police after claims of possible harassment and inappropriate behaviour. Police Scotland confirmed the complaints concern current and ex-members of the SYP. The exact nature of the claims are unclear but the SYP said it will carry out a thorough investigation. Police were informed earlier this month after the body became aware of a new set of historical allegations. MSYP’s are aged between 14 and 25 and generally hold office for two years. A force spokesman said: “Police Scotland has been contacted by the Scottish Youth Parliament concerning possible inappropriate conduct by some of its members and former members.
‘Return unfair £140m tax’ plea to chancellor
The chancellor used his Budget to confirm that the UK Government would legislate to allow VAT refunds for the emergency services from April , but he remained silent on demands to backdate the cash. And as politicians from across the divide battled to claim credit for the scrapping of the levy, the lifeline services called for talks with Scottish ministers over future funding arrangements. Pat Watters, chairman of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service Board, said: “Naturally, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service welcomes this announcement. “Since the creation of our Service in April 2013, we have had to pay back a quarter of our annual income in VAT. “We now look forward to continuing discussions with the Scottish Government regarding the funding required to deliver our transformation vision, enabling us to do so much more to protect the people of Scotland.” Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have had to pay the levy since they were created in April 2013, and are the only such services in the UK that are required to do so.
Family of murdered woman ‘shocked’ by police officer probe
The family of a murder victim have expressed their anger after learning of a misconduct probe into seven serving police officers. Police Scotland has confirmed the officers are on restricted duties while they are investigated for gross misconduct over breaching spying guidelines in an attempt to uncover a journalist’s sources. The Counter Corruption Unit (CCU) officers began the search after media reports about failings during the inquiry into the unsolved murder of Emma Caldwell. Ms Caldwell was working as a prostitute when her body was found in woods in Biggar, Lanarkshire in May 2005. The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) is investigating the seven officers’ conduct on behalf of Police Scotland, with the work due to conclude in the coming weeks.
Scottish police force tweet moving open letter to victim of domestic violence
A remote Scottish police force has been praised for a moving open letter posted on social media urging a young woman to leave her abusive partner. Lochaber and Skye Police published tweets this week imploring a young woman to come forward in light of a wave of allegations of sexual assault sparked by the Harvey Weinstein scandal. “A letter to a young woman in #Skye,” the tweet begins. “We know you follow this account and want you to see this. “We’ve told you previously that we think you are at risk of domestic abuse from your partner.”
Inverclyde MP blasts UK budget
A budget break for Scotland’s police and fire services and changes to the controversial universal credit benefit are simply not enough according to Inverclyde’s MP. Ronnie Cowan welcomed Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announcement yesterday that £35 million of VAT paid by the emergency services each year is to be scrapped. The SNP MP also reacted positively to a cut in the number of weeks UC claimants will have to wait — five rather than six — to receive their first payment.
Mhairi Black brands budget statement ‘out of touch’
A Renfrewshire MP branded yesterday’s UK Government budget statement ‘uninspiring and out of touch’. Paisley and Renfrewshire South MP Mhairi Black made the comment after Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered the statement in the House of Commons announcing plans on tax, housing and travel. In his speech Mr Hammond pledged a £1.5billion package to address concerns around the delivery of Universal Credit with the seven-day initial waiting period for processing of claims to be scrapped.
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