12th June 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

12th June 2019

Seasonal clamp down on antisocial behaviour in Borders

Police have vowed to clamp down on antisocial behaviour this summer. Officers are expecting an increase in disorder and underage drinking during the Common Riding season. And they are appealing to parents to make sure they know where their children are. In a report to Galashiels Community Council, the police said: “There is an increase in underage drinking during the Common Ridings. “Often this leads to antisocial behaviour and disorder.


Fifth of knife buyers not asked to provide ID, but checks rise

Retailers are continuing to sell knives to children despite increasing numbers of age checks. Research using mystery shoppers found nearly a fifth of knife buyers were not asked for ID even though it is illegal to sell to anyone under the age of 16. Audit firm Serve Legal used more than 300 teenagers at stores across Scotland to monitor the performance of retailers in asking for proof of age.


Scotland’s police watchdog told to explain chief’s ‘mystery’ departure after six months

Scotland’s police watchdog is under pressure from politicians to be more transparent.
The Record revealed yesterday the chief executive of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) had stepped aside from his role just six months after being appointed. The SPA refused two weeks ago to clarify whether Hugh Grover was on sick leave when we asked. It’s not clear when Grover moved away from his post but he did not attend the last SPA board meeting in May and no explanation was given for his absence. His departure means more upheaval at the heart of Scotland’s policing.


MSP believes war on drugs is being lost after new figures show hospital stats

Graham Simpson has claimed the “war on drugs is being lost badly” with shocking new figures on drug-related hospital admissions. Latest statistics published on the NHS Information Services Division (ISD), have revealed NHS Lanarkshire saw 188 drug-related acute stays in 2017/18 per 100,000 population; the health board also had the third highest drug-related new patient rates in the country.


Fife police boss offers assurance over stop and search

Fife’s top police officer said the force has held up its hands and admitted it got wrong its initial implementation of stop and search. Controversy over how officers conducted searches of individuals led to a change in practice so the technique is only used under legislation. The kingdom was among areas of Scotland where “voluntary” stop and search was routinely conducted but rarely recorded and saw a massive increase in its figures after the establishment of the national force in 2013. Chief Superintendent Derek McEwan said the days of asking youths to turn out their pockets were over and said Fife Division now uses the power ethically.


Metropolitan Police will allow constables to join part-time in bid to boost female officer numbers

The Metropolitan Police has announced that police constable recruits will be able to join the service on a part-time basis, becoming the first force in the UK to make such roles available. From November, the Met will allow new recruits to complete their training doing part-time hours before hitting the streets of London on a permanent, part-time basis. The force hopes it will make the role more attractive to those considering a career in policing who feel unable to work full-time because of family or other commitments.


Chief Superintendent Sean Scott: Proud to serve the city where I started my career

In my first column as Edinburgh’s Divisional Commander, I want to take this opportunity to thank officers across Edinburgh Division, and our partners, for welcoming me to this role. I joined Lothians & Borders Police 29 years ago and served in numerous uniform and criminal investigation roles mostly across Edinburgh and in East & West Lothian; including community policing, major crime and public protection. In 2015, I was promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent with responsibility for local crime across Scotland and, most recently, have been leading Police Scotland’s Demand, Productivity and Performance Programme to improve our understanding of demand, improve productivity and ensure our performance is measured against clear outcomes. I write this in my ¬second week as Divisional Commander in the city where I live and where my ¬policing career started and I appreciate how vibrant a place it is to live, work and visit. This, I have no doubt, is partly due to the exemplary service provided by dedicated and capable officers and staff.



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