Author: MeganFinnie

The day PC Mick Johnson confronted a knifeman changed his life forever. Stabbed in the arm in the 2017 incident in Hartlepool, it left him suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He says staff shortages caused by cutbacks left him no choice but to operate alone...

A CONSULTATION on Scottish hate crime legislation is taking place at the moment. It is based on Lord Bracadale’s recommendations, following his review of the existing laws in Scotland. It is open to everyone and allows the public to give their opinions to the Scottish Government. Rather...

Police Scotland has warned that cancelling plans to cut 300 officer posts due to Brexit will put “significant pressure” on its budget. The national force had planned to save £12.6 million by reducing officer numbers in 2019-20. But it postponed the plan earlier this month,...

Driver jailed for deliberately endangering a police officerThomas Sinclair pleaded guilty to culpably and recklessly driving off at speed when the officer was leaning into the car through an open door 'whereby he had to take evasive action to avoid being injured', all to his...

A 30-year-old man is to stand trial charged with attempting to murder a police officer with a sword.Craig Brown is alleged to have attacked Sgt Brian Simpson in Dumbarton last September.Prosecutors claim he threatened Sgt Simpson before repeatedly trying to hit him on the head...

COUNCIL leaders have signalled they will end funding for community police officers due to local government cuts. Edinburgh currently stumps up £2.6 million a year for 54 additional officers, but is now considering slashing this as it tries to plug funding gaps. Giving evidence to a Holyrood committee, Justice Secretary...

The number of drink drivers caught on Scotland’s roads over the festive season doubled from last year, police have revealed. One in 15 drivers breathalysed between December 1 and January 2 were over the limit. The previous year, one in 28 drivers stopped for a breath test...

Almost 1,000 police officers from England and Scotland are to begin training for deployment in Northern Ireland in case of disorder from a no-deal Brexit, the Guardian has learned. The plans were put in place after Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) chiefs asked for reinforcements to...

SCOTLAND’S Justice Secretary is looking at alternatives to controversial plans to merge Police Scotland and the British Transport Police (BTP) north of the Border. Humza Yousaf told a Holyrood committee that government officials had been working with both organisations on possible options ranging from voluntary information sharing to new...

Police Scotland has been urged to deliver a more clear and consistent approach by a watchdog. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) has published its review of how the force can meet targets. It will assist Police Scotland in identifying and agreeing priorities and preparing...