17th June 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

17th June 2019

No sirens or truncheons here: a minimal identity design for the Scottish Police Federation

I’d never really considered the branding of the police: their visual insignia to most of us is still based on fairly rudimentary props like helmets, sirens and the odd truncheon here and there. There was no such cliched nonsense when it came to design agency Cause & Effect’s work for the Scottish Police Federation, commissioned to mark 100 years of the service that represents 98% of all police officers across Scotland in the ranks of constable, sergeant, inspector and chief inspector, police cadets and special constables. “A lot has changed in that century, but its remit to represent all members in matters impacting welfare and efficiency hasn’t altered,” says Cause & Effect. It was tasked with celebrating the century-long journey through designing a new identity, invite, book and event creative for an exclusive celebration held for 300 of the organisation’s members.


BT phone services down in huge parts of Scotland as cops issue 999 warning

Police are advising anyone facing an emergency to use a mobile to dial 999 due to a problem with phone lines. The force said BT Group have notified them of problems affecting telephone services across a large area of the east of Scotland. Areas affected include West Lothian, Falkirk , West Stirlingshire, North Lanarkshire and the west side of Edinburgh .


Scotland’s drug crisis: How Portugal’s treatment of addicts halted death toll

Portugal’s spiralling drugs death toll brought a national emergency in 1999, which led to decriminalising people who use drugs two years later. That year, almost 400 lives were lost to drugs, mainly heroin, which also took root in Scotland with even more catastrophic effects. Back then, 100,000 people – one per cent of Portugal’s population – was addicted but that’s proportionally less than in Scotland today. Since Portugal devised its National Strategy for the Fight Against Drugs in 1999, which treats addiction as a health rather than a criminal issue, the death rate dropped from 369 in 1999 to just 27 in 2016.


Plans for first legal cannabis farm in Scotland

Scotland could get its first legal cannabis farm after talks between council chiefs and an Australian firm, it emerged yesterday. LeafCann has been in discussions with North Ayrshire Council and is thought to be investigating potential sites in Irvine.


LGBT Hate Crime Rises To Highest Ever Level In Scotland

Hate crimes against LGBT people were at their highest ever level in the year to 31st March 2019, bucking the trend of an overall drop in other areas of hate charges. 1,216 anti-LGBT hate crimes were recorded in the year 2018-19, up 5% on the previous year, a near-consistent trend since hate crime legislation was introduced almost 10 years ago. In figures released by the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, the statistics show crimes which were ‘aggravated’ by sexual orientation or transgender identity as a significant element in the crime. Court proceedings were brought against 91% of those charged, with only 2% of charges dropped, one of the lowest levels since hate crime laws were introduced.


Cannabis ‘being unofficially legalised’ as up to NINE out of 10 people caught no longer charged for possession

Cannabis use is being ‘unofficially legalised’ according to campaigners after new figures show up to nine out of ten people caught with the drug are never charged. In some areas just 12 per cent of people caught with the drug never go before a court and escape with punishments such as a warning or a caution.


Police data-scanners critics are living in a time warp, says SPA chief Susan Deacon

Critics of devices that allow police to gather data from mobile phones or laptops are pandering to “sensationalist” human rights fears, Police Scotland’s watchdog has claimed.
Officers are expected to be issued over the summer with “cyberkiosks”, devices the size of an iPad that can scan mobile devices for evidence, despite lingering concerns about their legality. Susan Deacon, chairwoman of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), said that critics were living in a “time warp”. She pointed out that Iain Livingstone, Police Scotland chief constable, had said repeatedly that the devices did not breach human rights and he had legal advice to support that view.



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