30th Jan 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

Scotland looks at making misogyny a hate crime

A high-level hate crime review is considering whether misogyny should be criminalised in Scotland. It is being considered as an option by the Scottish Government-commissioned hate crime legislation review led by Lord Bracadale (below) after campaign groups claimed there was a gap in Scots law that did not adequately deal with sexist behaviour.


Scotland to be first part of the UK to legislate to make gender balance on boards

Scotland is to become the first part of the UK to legally require that women make up at least half the board members for all public authorities. MSPs at the Scottish Parliament are due to vote on the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill today, which will require colleges, universities and some public bodies including health boards, enterprise agencies, the Scottish Police Authority and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to have an equal balance of men and women in the top jobs.


A third of Scots prisoners tested positive for drugs ahead of release

Prison drugs policy needs to be changed with much greater focus on health concerns after nearly one third of prisoners tested positive for illegal substances as they were preparing for release last year. Opposition politicians are calling on the Scottish Prisons Service drugs strategy to be radically reformed after 30 per cent of those “tested on liberation tested positive for illegal drugs”. The figures come despite prisons supposedly being secure environments free from illicit substances.


Final appeal from Police Scotland over building disposal plans which include Falkirk stations

Police Scotland has made a final appeal to the public to take part in a consultation launched over its plans to dispose of 53 stations in Scotland. The plan includes the disposal of three in the Falkirk area – Bainsford, Bo’ness and Camelon. Two others in the Forth Valley area command are also facing the axe – Bannockburn and Bridge of Allan.


Scottish government warned over interfering with PIRC’s independence last year

The head of a police watchdog warned the Scottish government not to interfere with her independence last year, it has emerged. Emails seen by the Sunday Post reveal that one of Justice Secretary Michael Matheson’s staff suggested that the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) delay the publication of a report critical of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA).


It’s simple – what did the minister know and when did he know it?

All of those demanding the head – or at the very least, the resignation – of Michael Matheson, Scotland’s justice minister, following the latest revelations surrounding the national police force, would be well-advised not to hold their breath. Short of being found with their hand in the till or, as is now increasingly the case, on a lady’s knee, it would seem that hand-grenades – metaphorically speaking of course – are the only way of getting rid of a minister. Gross incompetence is no longer a valid reason, else we’d have sackings every week.



Ten pupils are caught carrying a knife every month at schools in Scotland

Ten pupils are caught carrying a blade every month at schools in Scotland, stats reveal. Police data shows 80 kids were found with knives between April and November.  Cops also recorded 45 cases of children with a different type of weapon — as well as 19 cases of knives being used in “other criminal activity”.



Scots cops urged to blur CCTV screens when suspects are on the loo to protect their privacy

Cops have been urged to blur CCTV screens when suspects are on the loo. Scotland’s top police watchdog wants footage of nick toilets to be made fuzzy to protect users’ privacy.  Derek Penman’s call came after officers admitted covering monitors with post-it notes.


Dirty police holding cells contaminated with bodily fluids

Dirty holding cells at a Dundee police station were contaminated with bodily fluids. Inspectors from Scotland’s policing watchdog said a recent visit to the West Bell Street station caused “significant” hygiene concerns.  Cell door hatches, walls, benches and toilets were contaminated with food, drink and bodily fluids, they said.  The HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) inspectors urged Police Scotland to carry out an immediate deep clean of the cells after the visit in September.


End the stigma of drugs, police chief tells MSPs

Scotland’s drug problem should be treated as a ‘health issue’ a top police officer has said. The head of Police Scotland’s Safer Communities department has sparked new fears over decriminalisation in a controversial report to MSPs.  Last night, experts said that comments from Chief Superintendent John McKenzie were ‘regrettable’ and warned they would play into the hands of those who want drugs fully legalised.



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