15th Jan 2018

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New questions for Michael Matheson over police chief meeting

The justice secretary is facing fresh questions over the Government’s involvement in the chief constable’s special leave from Police Scotland after it emerged a senior civil servant met the top officer in private. Opposition parties have asked Michael Matheson to provide details of all of his and his civil servants’ communications in relation to Phil Gormley’s case.  Mr Matheson was criticised last week for asking police watchdogs to reconsider their decision to allow Mr Gormley to return to his duties amid investigations into allegations of gross misconduct, which he denies.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/new-questions-for-michael-matheston-over-police-chief-meeting-1-4661327

Justice secretary faces new questions over chief constable’s special leave

The Justice Secretary is facing fresh questions over the Government’s involvement in the chief constable’s period of special leave from Police Scotland. Opposition parties have asked Michael Matheson for details of all communication between him and civil servants in relation to Phil Gormley’s case. Mr Matheson was criticised last week for asking police watchdogs to reconsider their decision to allow Mr Gormley to return to his duties amid a probe into allegations of gross misconduct, which he denies.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/15827349.MSPs_query_minister___s_intervention_over_police_suspension/

Row over top cop ruling deepens

A “secret” move to reinstate Scotland’s chief constable, who was suspended over allegations of bullying, was made by a police watchdog, despite a quarter of board members being absent for the decision. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) held a closed meeting last November when it was agreed that Phil Gormley could return to his £214,000-a-year post.  Of the body’s 11 board members, three were absent for the meeting, prompting fresh disquiet this weekend from opposition politicians.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/d451f14c-f8aa-11e7-9644-5d5d116c6d89

West Midlands police: terrorism duties left no bobbies on beat

West Midlands police suspended neighbourhood policing for a month last year as the force struggled to cope with the heightened risk from terrorism, according to its police and crime commissioner. In an interview with The Sunday Times, David Jamieson said there was no slack left in the system to enable officers to carry out neighbourhood policing duties after last year’s terrorist attacks in London and Manchester.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/fcf5d2f8-f8a5-11e7-9644-5d5d116c6d89

Justice Secretary faces new questions over chief constable

The Justice Secretary is facing fresh questions over the Government’s involvement in the chief constable’s period of special leave from Police Scotland. Opposition parties have asked Michael Matheson to provide details of all of his and his civil servants’ communications in relation to Phil Gormley’s case. Mr Matheson was criticised last week for asking police watchdogs to reconsider their decision to allow Mr Gormley to return to his duties amid investigations into allegations of gross misconduct, which he denies.

https://stv.tv/news/scotland/1406178-justice-secretary-faces-new-questions-over-chief-constable/

Spinelesss, toothess, pointless: Former member lashes out at Scottish Police Authority board for failing to stop executives lurching from crisis to chaos

Moi Ali said the Scottish Police Authority board have repeatedly failed to question poor decisions, effectively control executives, or provide strong leadership. The organisation, launched in 2012 to oversee Scotland’s national police force, has been buffeted by a series of high- profile resignations, official criticism, and a series of controversies.  New chair Susan Deacon started only two months ago but has already said she is unhappy with how decisions have been made in the past.  Ms Ali, who left the board after trying but failing to secure more public meetings, has encouraged the new chair to assess the performance of the board and said they can no longer avoid blame for the chaos and crisis that has marked the organisation’s short history.

https://www.sundaypost.com/fp/spineless-toothless-pointless/

Former justice secretary: Police chief ‘must go’ even if he’s cleared

The former SNP MSP claimed there were “serious questions” over the leadership of Phil Gormley, who is on special leave while allegations of gross misconduct are investigated.

Scotland’s troubled police watchdog has been thrust into the centre of a new controversy after the justice secretary in effect accused the organisation of incompetence. “But it’s time for the SPA to say: “Move along quietly, Chief Constable”.

http://theinsidercarnews.com/2018/01/14/former-justice-secretary-police-chief-must-go-even-if-hes/

Gangsters using hi-tech car tracking devices as part of menacing scheme to stalk and attack enemies

Criminals are using sophisticated car tracking devices to stalk their underworld rivals and then attack them.  In the past 15 months, the use of trackers has been linked to the murder of one underworld figure and a violent assault on another.  Neither of the victims can be identified for legal reasons.  Police officers are also discovering devices on the cars of suspected criminals after issuing them with threat-to-life warnings.  The use of tracking devices emerged last year during the police inquiry into the feud between the Lyons and Daniel crime clans when more than 60 warnings were given out.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/gangsters-using-hi-tech-car-11846807

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson urged to pause Transport Police merger

Justice Secretary Michael Matheson is facing calls to pause the controversial integration of British Transport Police with Police Scotland after officers’ representatives claimed the April 2019 merger deadline is unrealistic. The Scottish Conservatives said Police Scotland is not ready to take on more responsibilities at the end of a week which saw the single force embroiled in yet more controversy. Police Scotland is scheduled to take over responsibility for British Transport Police’s operations in April next year. But claims that the deadline is at risk have been made by Nigel Goodband, pictured above, the chair of the BTP Federation which represents rank-and-file officers. He has claimed the complicated nature of the task means that the integration timetable is likely to slip.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/justice-secretary-michael-matheson-urged-to-pause-transport-police-merger-1-4660679

No call on final date of police control room

The final nails are being put in the coffin of the Highlands’ dedicated police control room as bosses prepare for closure. It had been said that the Inverness-based call handling centre would shut its doors this month, following the busy festive period, but Police Scotland would not confirm a date when asked this week.  The Scottish Police Authority rubber stamped the plans in September, meaning all emergency calls from the Highlands will soon be answered in the central belt.

https://www.north-star-news.co.uk/News/No-call-on-final-date-of-police-control-room-11012018.htm

 

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