01 Jul 1st July 2019
Police Scotland is a success story but money is essential if the force is going to keep up
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf says Police Scotland has plenty of cash to be getting along with and he won’t be loosening the purse strings to give them any more. To say the least of it, that’s a controversial opinion and not one that’s supported by the police — or the facts.
Fury as Humza Yousaf claims Police Scotland has enough cash despite £118million overdraft
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has sparked frontline cop fury by claiming Police Scotland has enough cash — despite running up a £118million overdraft in four years. The Nats minister said the force had a “good settlement” amid repeated complaints from officers about dwindling resources and worn-out equipment.
Views sought on creating biometric data commissioner
Views are being sought on Scottish Government plans to create a commissioner to oversee how biometric data is used by law enforcement. Biometric data includes personal forensic information such as fingerprints, DNA samples, facial images and eye scans. Planned new legislation would create a Scottish Biometrics Commissioner to ensure lawful, effective and ethical use of biometric data for criminal justice and police purposes.
Armed court cops and helicopter escorts ‘can sway juries’ warns top lawyer
Armed police patrols at court hearings have an influence on juries, one of the country’s top advocates has claimed. Gordon Jackson QC believes rifle-toting officers and helicopter escorts can prejudice members against the accused. Recent organised crime trials have seen Police Scotland throw a ring of steel around proceedings – including daily sweeps for bombs by explosive experts. And Jackson, who has represented gun and drugs gang member Anthony Woods and underworld figure Frankie “Donuts” Donaldson, said the measures can have an impact on a trial’s outcome.
Judicial review: ‘Private’ messages can be used in disciplinary proceedings
Ten police officers have lost a court battle to keep alleged “inappropriate” Whatsapp messages a secret after misconduct proceedings were raised against them. The group took their fight to the Court of Session in Edinburgh where they argued that Police Scotland using the messages would be breaching their human rights. Lawyers for the officers said that their right to privacy would be hindered and that there was no legal basis for the force to use the ‘private’ messages.
Scots cops in social media storm over ‘offensive’ WhatsApp messages
Scottish police officers have lost their legal battle to stop disciplinary procedures over claims they shared offensive content over social media. The 10 officers claimed their rights to privacy were at threat of being breached after superiors wanted to reprimand them over messages sent over WhatsApp. It was alleged they shared offensive messages among private groups – one called “Quality Polis” – of which they were members. One messages is said to have contained anti-Semitic content. One image allegedly found was a picture of Hitler with the caption: “I said a glass of juice, not gas the Jews.”
Man due in court today charged with attempted murder of police officer in Tayport
The officer, understood to be a 46-year-old policeman, was said to have been stabbed in the chest while police were responding to reports of a disturbance at a property in Lundin Crescent, Tayport. The incident took place shortly before 1am, and the officer is said to have been rushed to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with “serious but non-life threatening” injuries. Sources suggested the police officer was treated for a “puncture” wound, although no details about the weapon used in the alleged attack have been released by police. Brian Jones, health and safety lead for the Scottish Police Federation, which represents officers of all ranks, said: “We obviously wish our injured colleague well and hope he recovers quickly. “This type of incident is a timely reminder that police officers face unpredictable violence and danger on a daily basis. “They place themselves in harm’s way so that others may be safe. “We are eternally grateful that on this occasion our colleague will live to tell the tale.”
North-east police to hold special constable recruitment event
Police Scotland is set to hold a series of special events for people looking to volunteer as officers. The North East Police Division is currently on a recruitment drive for special constables, holding different information evenings over several months. The next event is set to take place at Nelson Street police station on Mounthooly Way, Aberdeen, on July 2 at 6.30pm. A second event will also be held at the Nelson Street station on July 6.
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