10 drivers every day charged over drink offences
Police in Scotland have prosecuted more drink-drivers than any other UK force in the past year. A total of 3,797 people – or around 10 a day – were charged with drink-driving north of the Border in the 12-month period to May.
Millions of pounds worth of fines may be overturned
MILLIONS of pounds worth of fixed penalty fines handed out for minor offences such as dropping litter or vandalism could be refunded if a legal move is successful. It is claimed the £40 fines, given for anti-social behaviour such as drunkenness and breach of the peace, are flawed because the system offers virtually no opportunity for appeal in cases where the ticket has been improperly served.
Police ‘run ragged’ as pressures mount, former justice secretary claims
Police officers are “run ragged” as pressures on the force have mounted, the former justice secretary has claimed. Expecting an officer to attend incidents such as “minor” vandalism can no longer be justified as they must prioritise serious crime, Kenny MacAskill said. Writing in the i newspaper he said that “some things can no longer be provided” and suggested that private security firms could take over roles such as stewarding and cyber protection. Mr MacAskill, who was justice secretary from 2007 to 2014, said politicians and the public have to change what they expect police to do. He wrote: “Terrorism, cyber-crime and historic sexual abuse now take up a large amount of police resources. No wonder response officers are run ragged and there are fewer community officers.”
‘Disaster waiting to happen’ Warning over criminal records backlog at Police Scotland due to staff shortages
Thousands of criminal records have not been logged by police because of staff shortages. There is a backlog of bail orders, warrants and other details waiting to be recorded. Sources at Police Scotland said it’s a result of the force making dozens of civilian data staff redundant. One source said: “Now they’ve got cops doing civilian jobs and there just aren’t enough staff to log all the data on to the Police National Computer and the Criminal History System. “It’s a disaster waiting to happen as bail conditions aren’t being logged and warrants not executed.”
As Sixteen Days of Action campaign ends MSPs pick up the baton in bid to tackle violence against women
Sixteen Days of Action may be over – but our determination to tackle violence against women and girls continues with even greater impetus as we strive to eradicate some of the most insidious crimes from our society. I said a few months ago that the incidence of domestic abuse in Scotland is unacceptable. As a Government, we are doing everything in our power to tackle domestic abuse in all its forms and to improve the services for all victims of violence. We have taken important steps to tackle online sexual crime at a legislative level. For example, last year a new offence criminalising the sharing of intimate images without consent came into force.
Police launch festive crackdown on domestic abuse
Police Scotland has warned domestic abusers “we are coming for you” at the launch of a fresh Christmas crackdown on offenders. The force highlighted a 25 per cent rise in reports of domestic abuse over Christmas last year. Between Christmas Eve 2016 and January 5 2017 an average of 199 reports of domestic incidents were received by police daily, compared to 158.5 outside the holiday period. The new #every9minutes campaign, using cinema, radio and digital adverts, is aimed at perpetrators but will also encourage reporting. Police Scotland has also announced more than £110,000 of extra funding for new domestic abuse alarms for high-risk victims, due to be rolled out early next year.
Festive crackdown sees zero tolerance approach to domestic abuse
Police have warned those who commit domestic abuse “we are coming for you” at the launch of a fresh Christmas crackdown. Figures show there was a 25 per cent rise in reports of domestic abuse over the festive period last year as Police Scotland set out its zero tolerance approach. Between Christmas Eve 2016 and January 5 an average of 199 reports of domestic incidents were received by police daily, compared to 158.5 outside the holiday period.
Former Justice Secretary: Police can’t respond to ‘minor’ crimes
Police Scotland officers are “run ragged” and can no longer be expected to attend “minor” incidents such as vandalism, the former justice secretary has claimed. Kenny MacAskill said budget pressures mean “some things can no longer be provided” and suggested activities like stewarding of some major events may need to be completely handed over to private security companies. Mr MacAskill, who oversaw the creation of Police Scotland as justice secretary from 200714, also said police cannot continue to be the frontline agency in dealing with mental health issues, and called on NHS Scotland to “step up”.
Civilian watchdog Graham Houston fired guns at police-only range
A senior figure at the Scottish police watchdog fired guns at a training range reserved for officers, it has been discovered, weeks after a police officer was accused of using the site for recreational purposes. The Jackton firearms centre in East Kilbride is supposed to be used only by trained officers under controlled conditions. However, Graham Houston, an SNP councillor and a board member of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), the civilian oversight body, fired the weapon after he was invited to observe a quarterly review of firearms officers.
Prime police officer given greater than £100ok in public cash
Top police officer is handed more than £100,000 by her force to pay for her TAX BILL and house move in ‘unacceptable use of public money’. One of the UK’s highest ranked police officers was handed £67,000 so that she could move house as part of a ‘benefits in kind’ payout totalling more than £100,000. Scotland’s deputy chief constable Rose Fitzpatrick was earning £175,000 when the Scottish Police Authority also paid her £53,000 tax bill as part of the public money package. Financial watchdog Audit Scotland branded it an ‘unacceptable’ use of public cash in a report that showed the authority also paid an HR director the equivalent of a £324,822 annual salary.
Region to welcome 32 new police officers on the beat
An extra 32 police officers will start work in the North-east within the next fortnight after a passing out parade. The probationary officers were among 222 to be introduced to the service across Scotland after completing their initial training. The 32 officers will be based across the city and Aberdeenshire.
Police patrol Scottish school amid concerns over ‘poor behaviour’
Police have been called in to patrol a high school in the Scottish Borders after concerns about the anti-social behaviour of some pupils. Officers will be on campus at Hawick High School as part of a “zero-tolerance” approach to “poor behaviour” from a minority of pupils. In a letter issued last week, Donna Manson, Scottish Borders Council’s service director for children and young people, sought to reassure parents. She said: “From time to time there is some poor behaviour displayed by a minority of pupils, both within the school campus and in the local community.
‘Action needed to protect children from online abuse’
Co-ordinated action is needed to better protect children from online abuse including grooming, sexual harassment and distressing or inappropriate content. The call was made by charities working in Scotland including Childline, Barnardos Scotland and Children 1st, who said they were supporting an increasing number of children, young people and their families suffering due to online sexual abuse. They said young people were exposed to harrowing or violent images, including those of child abuse. Others sought support after sharing intimate images of themselves and finding them shared online, while some of the young people had been blackmailed or threatened after sending pictures.
Police authority chief fired guns at training range where suspended top cop is accused of unlawfully blasting weapons
A police authority chief fired guns at a training range where a suspended top cop is accused of unlawfully blasting weapons. Civilian board member Graham Houston, 69, shot at the force’s Jackton firearms centre. Assistant Chief Constable Bernie Higgins was suspended after being accused of taking part in an unauthorised shooting at the East Kilbride HQ. The body admitted board member Graham Houston, 69 — a Nats councillor and management coach — blasted a high-powered shooter after he was invited to observe quarterly reviews of gun-squad members.
COP A LOAD OF THIS
Top cop has £120k personal tax bill and relocation expenses paid for by TAXPAYERS
A top cop had her £53,000 personal tax bill paid by taxpayers, a damning audit report has revealed. Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick was also given £67,000 in relocation expenses – years after moving to Scotland. Some of the money was put through the books as childcare vouchers and paid as a bank transfer rather than through payroll.
The deals were revealed in an Audit Scotland report, which also hit-out at the way highly-paid consultants were hired by the SPA.
SCOTTISH SUN SAYS
Taxpayers’ money was used to settle a tax bill for a top cop on top of a relocation package worth almost £60,000
With every day that passes it seems there is more evidence of dodgy doings at the heart of the Scottish Police Authority. Earlier this week it was revealed that taxpayers’ money was used to settle a tax bill for a top cop — on top of a relocation package worth almost £60,000. Not the Audit Scotland watchdog has confirmed concerns over recruiting a £350 per day, part-time finance executive at the SPA, first revealed in June by a Scottish Sun on Sunday investigation.
Over 200 police recruits pass out at Tulliallan
The latest generation of officers to join the ranks of Police Scotland passed out from their initial training yesterday. 222 recruits, who began training in September, took to the Parade Square at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan, this morning in the presence of Assistant Chief Constable Gillian MacDonald, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary in Scotland, Derek Penman, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Michael Matheson, senior officers, invited guests as well as family and friends.
Police probe includes another boss from armed response unit
Chief Inspector Charles Armstrong was one of two officers put on restricted duties two weeks ago as four others, including assistant chief constable Bernie Higgins, were suspended. The officers suspended include Superintendent Kirk Kinnell, who leads the armed response unit, and his Deputy Chief Inspector Bob Glass. Sergeant Cat Gibbons, 36, a former firearms officer who now works in a road unit in Irvine, Ayrshire, has also been suspended. The probe has been sparked by allegations of criminal conduct and gross misconduct to the independent police watchdog Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC).
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