10th June 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

10th June 2019

Dunfermline station included in critical report of police estate

Dunfermline’s police station has been named three times in a condemning report exposing the state of stations in Scotland. The town HQ has been called out for the state of disused toilets which have fallen into disarray and are now used for storage equipment. Female officers have had to put up with a faulty window within their changing rooms and a lack of lockers means officers have to store their equipment ineffectively. The report, by the Scottish Police Federation, says the problems highlight more issues with the crumbling estate and fleet across the country.


Terror cop in drugs stitch up prison probe over doctored paperwork claims

A decorated former senior police officer is being probed over claims he doctored paperwork that saw a man jailed. The criminal investigation into the conduct of ex-Assistant Chief Constable John Neilson, 60, was sparked by a whistleblower complaint to Police Scotland earlier this year. The force has now finished its investigation and passed a report to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) Criminal Allegations Against the Police Division to decide on what action, if any, should be taken against retired Mr Neilson. The former ACC has denied any wrongdoing and said he was unaware of the investigation.


Paedophiles should be forced to take lie detector test before being released from prison, ex-police chief says

Paedophiles should be forced to take a lie detector test before being released from jail, an ex-police chief has said. Jim Gamble QPM, the former head of the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command, said there should be “no automatic release” for paedophiles after serving half their sentence unless they can show they are no longer a threat to children.


Lanarkshire cop to keep order at the FIFA Women’s World Cup

A Lanarkshire police officer is swapping one black uniform for another for the next few weeks as she prepares to keep order at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Kylie Cockburn, whose day job is in community policing, based at Bellshill police office, is the only Scottish representative on the officiating team at the tournament, which is taking place in France.
The 30 year old’s first tasking at the tournament is as assistant referee for Brazil versus Jamaica on Sunday June 9 in Grenoble and she’ll find out her other duties as the competition progresses.


Watchdog concern over response to deaths in custody in Scotland

A watchdog has warned that delays in holding inquiries into deaths in police custody are having a “profound” impact on the families affected. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) said only four out of 14 deaths in custody since 2013 had so far been the subject of a published Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI). It recommended publishing regular data on deaths in custody, and said more could be done to speed up the FAI process. HMICS said the figures in the report related only to deaths that occurred in a custody centre, not those which took place prior to arrival, such as that of Sheku Bayoh.


Police figures reveal crime drop in North Ayrshire

Police crime figures reveal that over the past decade serious assault and attempted murder cases fell by more than half in North Ayrshire, and by 38 per cent across Scotland.
The number of violent crimes in North Ayrshire fell from 217 in 2008/09 to 107 in 2017/18.
A separate study highlights the reduction in the proportion of younger offenders. Adults in Scotland, where crime is at a 43 year low, are less likely to be a victim than those in England and Wales.


Scots cop’s leg amputated after being struck by car in Glasgow horror smash as docs battle to save other limb

A cop struck by a car has had his leg amputated — as doctors battle to save his remaining one. Concerned friends say PC Phil Hedge-Holmes, 45, is facing “many” further ops and a long recovery in hospital following the road horror.



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