15 Jul 15th July 2019
Attacks on Scottish police officers hit record levels as fears rise for cops’ safety
Attacks on the police are at record levels, according to new figures. Violent assaults on law enforcers have more than doubled since the formation of Police Scotland six years ago. In the first year of the unified force, 778 attacks were carried out on officers and civilian staff across the country. In the last 12 months, the number of assaults has risen to 1685 – an increase of 52 per cent in six years.
SCOTTISH SUN SAYS
Police Scotland’s emergency response statistics are dismal – it’s time the force was supported, not cut
The evidence keeps mounting that, in spite of their best efforts, Police Scotland is operating at the very limits of its endurance. With a target response time of 12 minutes for the most serious 999 calls, less than a third were attended inside the target time.
Police Scotland took longer than an hour to respond to ‘immediate’ 999 calls on 1,500 occasions last year
Cops took longer than an hour to respond to “immediate” 999 calls on more than 1,500 occasions last year. Figures show the average response time for nearly 49,000 top priority calls — described as “an ongoing incident with an immediate or apparent threat to life or a serious crime in progress” — was 17 minutes and 14 seconds.
Crimefighters reveal growing use of drones to patrol from skies
Scotland’s new police drones have been used in a murder investigation, to probe a road accident and to keep watch on protestors who occupied an oil rig, the force has revealed.
The flying gadgets equipped with high-resolution cameras were deployed after the disappearance of Kilmarnock care worker Emma Faulds on April 28. The 39-year-old’s body was found on June 13 in Galloway Forest. Ross Willox, 39, was charged with Ms Faulds’ murder in May, while she was still missing. Police Scotland introduced two Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) on May 1. One is based in Aberdeen and the other in Inverness.
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