13th Feb 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

Letters: The Police Scotland saga confirms power is centralised in this country

RUTH Marr is correct that Justice Secretary Michael Matheson would have been damned for intervening in the issue of former Chief Constable Phil Gormley and damned if he didn’t (Letters, February 10). But the belief that the SNP Government can do no wrong blinds one to what we should really be concerned about. We should not have a single police force which is vulnerable to direct central political interference in the first place. It is bad for democratic control. And by that I don’t mean the control by the political party that has the most but neither a majority of parliamentary seats nor of the popular vote. I mean the control of the local areas in which the police operate.


Police chief backs heroin ‘fix rooms’

“Fix rooms” for heroin addicts to inject themselves are being considered in the West Midlands under controversial plans intended to steer drug users away from the courts. David Jamieson, the Labour police and crime commissioner, has proposed that the most severe heroin addicts who fail other forms of treatment be provided with the Class A drug in a “medical setting”. It is one of eight drug policy recommendations for the region in a report from Mr Jamieson. He hopes that the scheme will prevent users stealing to fund their addiction. He is also considering going a step further and introducing drug consumption rooms, or “fix rooms”. In this arrangement addicts would bring their own drugs, rather than being medically prescribed with a fix.


An official investigation into allegations of bullying made against the former head of Police Scotland has been criticised as unsatisfactory by one of the UK’s most respected former officers. Sir Hugh Orde, former president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, raised concerns about the inquiry into Phil Gormley, who quit last week as chief constable of Police Scotland, and questioned why it had lasted months but failed to reach a verdict. “If the allegations are as straightforward as bullying it is extraordinary that the investigation has taken so long not to reach any conclusion,” said Sir Hugh, who served as chief constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland.


Operation to target knife crime on Scottish railways

Police forces across the country will be taking part in the operation this week, to coincide with school half term. Since April 2016, there have been 41 recorded knife incidents on the railway in Scotland. Officers will be working to engage with the rail community, including rail staff. Inspector Richard McCartney from BTP, said: “Thankfully, our statistics tell us that knife crime on the Scottish railways remains low. And where incidents are recorded, the majority are for possession offences rather than a knife being used as a weapon.


THE number of young people in Glasgow reoffending has dropped dramatically thanks to a scheme set up four years ago. A report to city councillors says that since One Glasgow was set up, the number of young people convicted of a crime has reduced by more than 28 per cent and the number re-convicted within a year has fallen by almost 32 per cent. One Glasgow is made up of the city council, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue, Jobcentreplus and the charity sector.


Police have launched an investigation into an alleged sex attack on a female officer while she was on duty. Police have launched an investigation into an alleged sex attack on a female officer while she was on duty. The WPC was called to a disturbance at a hotel pub in Dundee two weeks ago when the alleged incident happened.

Last night, a spokeswoman for Police Scotland confirmed a 47-year-old man was arrested and charged in connection with the allegation.



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