Police Scotland to use drones that see in dark for spy missions
Intelligent drones that can see in the dark will be used for secret police spy missions, Police Scotland has said. Drones equipped with “intelligent computer systems and thermal imaging” are being developed by Scottish universities for use by the force. Plans are already under way to purchase two relatively low-tech off the shelf drones for Aberdeen and Inverness, primarily for use in missing persons searches.
More police to carry guns on patrols, cop chief confirms
Nelson Telfer, Police Scotland’s assistant chief constable of operational support, made the announcement on Monday, at a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority in the city. There are currently 500 officers being trained to use fire arms, in the first phase of a project to have on-call armed officers in Scotland. However, if a need is proven, more officers could be trained in a phased approach. The Tele reported last week that the force was changing the way armed officers are used in the country, and could be deployed to more routine incidents like traffic collisions.
Police Scotland denies claims it is planning to arm all officers
Police Scotland has dismissed claims it is on the brink of arming all officers, saying plans to increase the number who carry Tasers, and relax strict guidelines on armed vehicles responding to routine calls, are about efficiency. Speaking at a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority in Dundee, Deputy Chief Constable Johnny Gwynne told the board who oversee the force’s billion-pound budget: “We are not about the routine arming of police. We have no desire to see everybody carrying a self-loading pistol on their hip.” His colleague, Assistant Chief Constable Nelson Telfer, said rising attacks on police officers meant the weapons were needed to improve officer and public safety. There were 764 assaults on officers in 2016, and in 2017 so far there have already been 969 attacks.
Drugs worth £3m seized in raids and 18 arrested
Detectives have seized drugs worth more than £3 million in a series of operations across central Scotland. The raids took place over nine days early this month and led to 18 arrests. Five organised crime groups were targeted and the drugs seized included cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine, cannabis and counterfeit prescription tablets, officers said.
Drugs with a street value of more than £2.7 million and a “mobile drug production laboratory” in a van were found at one location. The van had a hydraulic press, moulds and bulking agents inside.
Cops seize drugs worth more than £3million in series of targeted busts across central Scotland
The hauls took place over nine days in early December and led to 18 arrests. Officers said five organised crime gangs were targeted and the drugs included cocaine, heroin, crack cocaine, cannabis and counterfeit prescription tablets. At one location, drugs with a street value of more than £2.7 million were found along with a “mobile drug production laboratory” in a van. The van had a hydraulic press, moulds and bulking agents inside.
Scottish police ‘could use drones for covert surveillance’
Police in Scotland could use drones for covert surveillance in some circumstances, a top officer has said. Plans are under way to trial two £50,000 unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to assist in operations such as missing person searches. But Deputy Chief Constable Johnny Gwynne said it would be “ridiculous” if they were not used when secret surveillance could save a life. Speaking at the Scottish Police Authority meeting in Dundee on Tuesday, he said: “Our position around the use of UAVs is ordinarily they would be used for overt police work.
Zero tolerance for ‘just one’ drink before driving
Drivers in East Lothian are being reminded that there is zero tolerance for ‘just one’ drink before driving. A festive awareness campaign from the Scottish Government and Road Safety Scotland reinforces that when it comes to drink driving, ‘the best approach is none’, as well as highlighting the consequences of being found guilty of drink-driving. For more information, visit dontriskit.info or the Road Safety Scotland social media (@roadsafetyscot) pages. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson MSP launched the month-long campaign with Deputy Chief Constable Iain Livingstone and Chief Superintendent Stewart Carle, with police set to increase their presence on Scotland’s roads.
Police to give special alarms to those at high-risk of domestic abuse
People at high-risk of domestic abuse will be given special alarms by police. The announcement of the £110,000 initiative arrives alongside the launch of Police Scotland’s festive campaign to tackle domestic abuse. Staggering figures revealed this week showed domestic abuse increases by 25 per cent over the festive period. Between Christmas Eve 2016 and January 5 2017, police received on average 199 reports of domestic incidents daily, compared to 158.5 reports daily on average outside of this period. http://www.barrheadnews.com/news/15782151.Police_to_give_special_alarms_to_those_at_high_risk_of_domestic_abuse/
Police seize £3m of drugs and mobile production lab
Detectives have seized drugs with a street value of more than £3m during a series of raids. Officers targeted five organised crime groups and recovered significant amounts of drugs including crack cocaine, heroin and cannabis. The biggest haul, which exceeded £2.7m, was made following the discovery of a mobile drug lab in Glasgow. The vehicle, which had moulds and a hydraulic press, is believed to be the first of its kind in Scotland.
Police Scotland said eighteen people were arrested during the nine-day operation. The raids came as officers reported an increase in the prevalence of crack cocaine and counterfeit prescription medication. Bulking agents and a significant quantity of Class A drugs were also seized from the mobile lab.
Increase in taser-trained Scottish police officers will not lead to routine arming, says Justice Secretary
An increase in the number of officers trained to use Tasers is not a “slippery slope” towards the universal arming of police, the Justice Secretary has said. Michael Matheson told MSPs it was the government’s “clear intention” for Police Scotland to remain an unarmed police force with a specialist armed capability. He was responding to concerns raised after the announcement last week that an extra 500 officers will be trained to use the Taser X2 and will be deployed in all 13 divisions across Scotland.
Police chiefs say they have ‘no desire” for routine arming of Scottish officers
Speaking at a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority board at the Apex Hotel in Dundee, Deputy Chief Constable Johnny Gwynne said changes to the way armed police are deployed by the force is not the start of a move to arm all police. He told the board: “We are not about the routine arming of police. We have no desire to see everybody carrying a self-loading pistol on their hip.” The force wants to relax the rules around the deployment of armed police.
Drugs worth £3m seized in record-breaking police raids
Drugs with a street value of £3m have been seized by police in a series of raids across central Scotland. Specialist officers targeted five organised crime groups seizing record amounts of heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine, cannabis and fake prescription pills. Police swooped on their targets over a nine-day period in early December, leading to the arrest of 18 people.
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