MSPs debate a motion of no confidence in Police Scotland
A motion of no confidence in the strategic ability of Police Scotland and its Scottish Police Authority (SPA) watchdog will be debated at Holyrood. Liberal Democrats are to raise the issue and will demand ministers set up an independent commission to look at problems in policing.
Scottish festive campaign attempts to reverse rise in drink driving
The latest drink drive campaign from the Scottish Government, which runs through the festive period until 2 January, promotes the key message that “Best is none”. The aim is to encourage revellers not to drink at all if they plan to drive, but to stick to soft drinks or mocktails – or, if they do drink alcohol, to take a taxi. The campaign, which is being run in conjunction with Road Safety Scotland, part of Transport Scotland, and the Scottish Government’s transport agency, supports Police Scotland’s drive to crack down on drink driving in December.
No confidence motion in Police Scotland debated in Holyrood
A motion of no confidence in the strategic ability of Police Scotland and its Scottish Police Authority (SPA) watchdog will be debated at Holyrood today. Liberal Democrats are to raise the issue and will demand ministers set up an independent commission to look at problems in policing. It comes after Police Scotland lost some of its most senior staff. Chief Constable Phil Gormley has been put on “special leave”, while one of his assistants has been suspended.
Sheku Bayoh family claim recent police suspensions show “double standards”
Mr Bayoh died shortly after being arrested in Kirkcaldy in an incident involving up to nine police officers in May 2015. None of those staff was suspended despite fears being raised that failing to do so would jeopardise the death-in-custody investigation. The family’s anger has resurfaced after it emerged last month that senior officers are suspended while an entirely unrelated probe into “crime and misconduct” is carried out.
MSPs to debate motion of no confidence in Police Scotland’s strategic ability
Liberal Democrats are to raise the issue and will demand ministers set up an independent commission to look at problems in policing. It comes after Police Scotland lost some of its most senior staff, with the Chief Constable on “special leave”, while one of his assistants has been suspended. Meanwhile a new chair has been installed at the SPA, with former Labour health minister Susan Deacon replacing Andrew Flanagan, who quit after MSPs raised concerns over governance and transparency at the organisation. The Liberal Democrat motion, to be debated on Wednesday afternoon, states: “The Parliament does not have confidence in the structure of both Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority to deliver resilient and accountable policing at a strategic level.”
It goes on to make clear that it “believes that the Scottish Government should take responsibility for this”.
Cumbernauld officer honoured for bravery
A police officer from Cumbernauld who prevented a woman from jumping off a bridge, has won a Scottish Police Federation Bravery Award. PC Scott Douglas was off duty and driving towards the bridge that crossed the M80 at Condorrat in Cumbernauld when he saw a commotion on the road ahead. A distressed female who had climbed over the barrier intent on jumping onto the motorway below was being restrained by a bystander. PC Douglas approached the woman, who was visibly distressed, agitated and shouting. He managed to pull her to safety where he tried to calm and comfort her. PC Douglas had to restrain her before further assistance arrived and took the woman into care.
Prisons chief inspector David Strang warns legal highs are causing violence and disorder in jails in report on HMP Shotts
Prisoners are using writing paper soaked in chemicals to smuggle ‘legal highs’ into prison, causing disruption, violence and unpredictable behaviour, according to prisons inspectors. Scotland‘s Chief Inspector of Prisons David Strang said staff and prisoners themselves were often unaware of what the substances were that inmates were taking, as the effects of different types of the drugs – known as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) – are so varied.