14 Dec 14th December 2018
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 its annual policing plans. The document, released on Thursday, outlines 12 recommendations for the Police Scotland and Scottish Policing Authority to follow to meet objectives set out in the Annual Police Plan for 2018-19.
Organised crime gangs are threatening to entrap Scottish police officers by infiltrating their social media accounts, the force has said. The warning came amid a rising number of investigations into officers accused of drug use and supply, perverting the course of justice, sexual misconduct and suspicious business interests and second jobs, a Police Scotland report reveals. Investigations into police corruption have risen by a quarter in the past year after HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland overhauled its internal investigations unit following criticism of its heavy-handed inquiry into leaks to the media three years ago. Police Scotland also warned that 13 serious organised crime gangs had been linked to police corruption and it has advised officers to be on their guard online.
Scottish Police Federation warns Holyrood of need for more officers ahead of Brexit
The body which represents rank and file police officers has told MSPs that Scotland needs up to 900 more officers to deal with Brexit. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) warned Holyrood that without more funds from the Scottish government, leaving the EU could result in a “catastrophic impact” on everyday policing. In a letter to MSPs, SPF general secretary Calum Steele said: “We estimate that Brexit alone will create demand equivalent to between 750 and 900 officers. “Clearly, we are aware that even if we were to start today that we could not recruit and train the number immediately deployable on March 29.
New drink-driving limit ‘has not reduced road accidents’
The reduced drink-drive limit in Scotland has had no impact on cutting road accidents, a new study has found. The Scottish Government cut the legal blood alcohol limit for motorists from 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood to 50 in December 2014. It argued the change would help save lives and make the country’s roads safer.
A new report which will be discussed by councillors next week reveals there were 120 offences carried out between 2017-18. This was an increase of 37 on the same period the year prior, however 90% were detected by police. Between April and September there were 38 crimes, which was a reduction of nine on the same period in 2017. In total there were 416 hate crimes reported across the north-east. The report, authored by Superintendent Graeme Duncan, also revealed a significant number of these crimes involved emergency service workers as the victims although no figures were published.
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