5th March 2018

Police handler calls on Scots to back new law after his service dog almost died from stab wounds

A police officer whose service dog almost died from stab wounds has called on the Scottish Government to be the first part of the UK to introduce “Finn’s Law”. PC Dave Wardell is fighting for new legislation that makes it a specific offence to attack service animals after his police dog, a German Shepherd called Finn, was stabbed by an armed robber.  A 10-inch blade was plunged into the dog’s chest, yet he still managed to save Dave’s life by blocking another lunge with the knife, suffering a serious wound to the head as he did so.


Call to end Police Scotland secrecy as top English cop Mike Barton tells MSPs some home truths

They call it the Bartonmeter – a term coined after outspoken police Chief Mike Barton’s dramatic appearance at Holyrood. The Bartonmeter was suggested by Lib Dem Liam McArthur as a measure of the openness and honesty of evidence given to Scottish Parliament committees. And many now believe a chief constable with the same qualities Barton showed before the justice sub-committee on policing is what is needed to turn around troubled Police Scotland. At the hearing 10 days ago, Durham chief constable Barton accused the Scottish force of ineptitude and was scathing about their culture of secrecy.  He bluntly claimed that, having been asked to investigate the former Counter Corruption Unit over their attempts to uncover the source of a Sunday Mail story, he was “prevented” from doing it properly.


Study says crime in Perth and Kinross has dropped to 10-year low

A new study by the region’s top social worker shows there were around 4,500 offences recorded in the last year, compared to 6,890 a decade earlier. Crimes of dishonesty have dropped 40% in the same period, while reconviction rates are well below the Scottish average.  It follows the creation of the Perth and Kinross Community Justice Partnership in 2016, a taskforce dedicated to preventing and reducing crime, as well as helping offenders get back into society.  The group, which includes representatives from amongst others Police Scotland and NHS Tayside, arranges community service work and offers support to released prisoners.


Outstanding police work recognised at Scottish Policing Excellence Awards 2018

The outstanding work of two local police officers has been recognised at the third annual Scottish Policing Excellence Awards 2018 which took place recently at the Scottish Police College. The awards are open to all police officers and members of staff of any rank or grade.  Nominees were proposed by colleagues and peers as a reflection of their hard work, commitment and effort in promoting the values and aims of Police Scotland. Each category was shortlisted by a judging panel consisting of members of Police Scotland’s Force Executive.  PC Emma Morris, who has worked at Craigmillar Response in Edinburgh since April 2016 was named ‘Probationary Constable of the Year’. The audience heard how Emma has become a very influential member of her team, working regularly with less experienced officers and providing guidance and support in a confident and composed manner.


Stalking convictions by ex-partners soar to more than 500 a year

The number of abusive partners and spouses convicted of stalking has soared to more than 500 a year. Scotland was the first in the UK to introduce flagship legislation creating a specific offence of stalking, in 2010.  Figures show the number of people convicted of stalking current or former partners or spouses has risen dramatically.


Hundreds of foreign criminals waiting to be deported fall off the radar: Home Office loses track of 500 offenders after they are let out of prison

The Home Office has lost track of hundreds of dangerous foreign criminals awaiting deportation from Britain. Instead of being locked up until they are thrown out of the UK, the offenders, including rapists, robbers and paedophiles, vanished after being let out of prison.  Immigration chiefs lost track of the foreign national offenders (FNOs) after they completed their sentences and were released into the community – meaning they could still pose a threat. Figures obtained using freedom of information laws revealed that 494 criminals absconded between January 2014 and March 2016.



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