Cash-strapped Police Scotland splash cost of nearly 20 new cops on SEVEN high-paid bosses
Cash-strapped Police Scotland are splashing the cost of nearly 20 new cops on just SEVEN high-paid civvy bosses. The struggling national force is further beefing up its controversial “corporate” department despite plans to axe at least 400 officers by 2020. And the move has now been slammed by bobbies leaders. David Hamilton, vice chair of Scottish Police Federation, said: “Hard pressed Police Officers are looking at this latest batch of high salary posts in utter disbelief.
£6.5m Proceeds of Crime cash unpaid by criminals
Scotland’s richest criminals have failed to pay more than £6.5 million seized from them under “dirty money” laws. Prosecutors have boasted that they are taking millions every year under the Proceeds of Crime Act and diverting the money into community projects.
However, many of the crooks, including fraudsters, drug dealers and money launderers, still owe cash years after confiscation orders were imposed on them. Official figures show £6,578,568 of confiscation orders is outstanding compared with £5,943,839 last year. Almost £4 million is owed by just 10 people.
MSP hits out over lack of progress on creating new 999 directory
Police chiefs and Scottish ministers have been accused of “dragging their feet” over the creation of a new geographical database to stop 999 calls being sent to the wrong place. North-east MSP Lewis Macdonald has raised concerns over progress on the new bespoke address book for the emergency services. He said: “It’s very disappointing that neither Police Scotland nor the Scottish Government are willing to press the button to make this happen. They are dragging their feet.”
Police Scotland squandered thousands on legal fees – Tories
Police Scotland has spent tens of thousands of pounds in the last three years on legal costs challenging Freedom of Information requests. The force has racked up £77,493 in legal fees taking on Scotland’s Information Commissioner since 2015/16, according to figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives. The costs include a £63,000 bill for challenging the commissioner on the release of details involving police informants, known as covert human intelligence sources.
Police ‘squandered’ thousands on blocking information
Police Scotland has been accused of squandering taxpayers’ money after the force spent thousands of pounds on unsuccessfully trying to block information being released to the public. A total of £77,493 was spent by the national police force on legal costs in three separate attempts to stop information entering the public domain.
Police in Glasgow dealt with 107 ‘domestic incidents’ over Christmas
Police in Glasgow dealt with more than 100 “domestic incidents” in 72 hours over Christmas, figures show. Scotland’s force released a ‘snapshot of activity’ over the past three days. Officers responded to a total of 1882 calls from December 25-27, including 720 emergency alerts which led to 383 crime reports. A total of 107 domestic incidents were logged. Police launched a fresh crackdown on domestic abuse ahead of the festive season.