8th Jan 2018

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Police Scotland pays out £1.2million in one year to repair cop cars

Police Scotland paid out £1.2million in one year to repair almost half of its motor fleet, figures reveal. The force had to fix up 1,458 cars reported damaged between December 2016 and November 2017.  Another 122 needed repairs after they were vandalised.  And cop chiefs had to stump up for replacing a further 252 vehicles to maintain their fleet of 3,500.


Dealing with mental health problems the ‘greatest challenge’ for officers, cays Dundee police chief

Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent Paul Anderson said the force was dealing with a “mix of demand” and was looking at new ways of taking on difficult social problems across the wider spectrum of public services. The force faced criticism last month following a spike in violent and sexual crime but Mr Anderson revealed the service was looking to reinforce relationships with third party and charity bodies to help cut the number of serious incidents.


Assaults on emergency service workers in Scotland hits three-year high

During the 2016/17 period, police recorded 6,509 common assaults on 999 staff – the equivalent of nearly 18 a day. Liam Kerr, Scottish Conservative shadow justice secretary said he believes the Scottish Government should take the issue of attacks on police officers, fire fighters, ambulance crews and others more seriously.  Mr Kerr said: “The protection of our dedicated emergency service workers has to be absolutely paramount.


Hundreds of complaints made about police conduct across Tayside

Hundreds of allegations of misconduct have been made against police officers in Tayside over the past four years, the Tele can reveal. Between April 2014 and November 2017, there were 410 complaints made against officers in D Division, which covers Dundee, Angus and Perth and Kinross.  Of those complaints, 266 were upheld — with three officers “dismissed without notice” for their conduct.  Complaints against police include “conduct likely to bring discredit”, “neglect of duty” and “wilful or careless falsehood”, among other misdemeanours.  The figures peaked in the financial year 2015/16, when 221 complaints were made and 183 upheld.


Pressure on police authority over chief constable Phil Gormley

The Scottish Police Authority is under pressure to explain why it approved the return to work of Chief Constable Phil Gormley without consulting investigators looking into allegations of bullying. Mr Gormley, who has been on leave since September, had been told he could resume his duties in November before an alleged “intervention” by Justice Secretary Michael Matheson. It has emerged the SPA failed to speak to the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) – who is carrying out a number of investigations into the chief constable – before making the decision.


Attacks on emergency service workers in Scotland at three-year high

Assaults on emergency service workers have reached a three-year high, according to official figures. A total of 6,509 common assaults were recorded on police, fire and ambulance workers across Scotland in 2016/17, equivalent to more than 17 per day. The number of attacks is likely to be higher as this statistic does not include more serious assaults. Common assaults on emergency service workers have risen by nearly 100 since 2015/16 when 6,414 were recorded.


Calls for Justice Secretary to be quizzed over ‘blocking top cop’ from returning to work

Labour have called for Justice Secretary Michael Matheson to be quizzed in Parliament over allegations he blocked Scotland’s top police officer returning to work. Chief Constable Phil Gormley has been on special leave since September as allegations of gross misconduct against him, which he denies, are investigated.


Assaults on emergency workers at three-year high

Assaults on Scotland’s emergency workers rose to almost 18 per day last year – as a fire chief branded as ‘completely unacceptable’ an attack on a firefighter who was trying to put out a bin fire. Official statistics recorded 6,509 common assaults on police, fire and ambulance staff in 2016/17, the highest in three years, though well down on the 2011/12 peak of 7,107. It came as a firefighter was taken to hospital after being assaulted at the blaze in Springburn, Glasgow, at 9.10pm on Saturday. A separate crew had to be given police protection after being called out to deal with another blaze in the vicinity.


SNP Government urged to publish undercover policing review after receiving the report two months ago

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has been urged to publish a review of undercover policing after it emerged the report had been sitting on his desk for over two months. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) submitted the piece of work on November 2nd, but no publication date has been announced by the SNP Government. A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “Once the report’s findings have been fully considered, arrangements will be made to lay the report in the Scottish Parliament.”


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