8th March 2018

Anas Sarwar accused of racial bias over Police Scotland powers

An independent group of experts has accused Labour MSP Anas Sarwar of misrepresenting stop and search data to claim black and Asian people are more likely to be targeted by police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said Mr Sarwar was “playing the race card” when he issued a press release on Monday suggesting those from ethnic minority communities are four times more likely to be stop-searched than their white counterparts. The Independent Advisory Group on Stop and Search said the evidence did not substantiate that claim. Led by John Scott, QC, the group’s work was instrumental in leading to the outlawing of non-statutory (or “consensual”) stop and search, which had been used to target children. As a result of its work, a six-monthly review of statutory stop and search is being carried out by Susan McVie, a criminologist at Edinburgh University.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/anas-sarwar-accused-of-racial-bias-over-police-scotland-powers-1-4702189

Anas Sarwar in row with Police Scotland over stop and search stats

A row has erupted over Labour claims of institutional racism in Police Scotland. Over the weekend, the party put out a press release claiming figures in the government’s six-month review of the code of practice for stop and search showed that Scotland’s Black and Asian communities were four times more likely to be stopped and searched by police than their white counterparts. Labour MSP Anas Sarwar said police were making people “feel they are a greater target because of their colour or religion”.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/16071319.MSP_in_row_with_police_over_stop_and_search_race_statistics/

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British Transport Police’s longest serving female officer insists more should be done to ‘make policing equal’

The British Transports Police’s longest serving female officer insists more should be done to ‘make policing equal’. Inspector Lynda Lang, who joined the force over 30 years ago, said the days of women being handed handbags and a tights allowance are over.  But she claims women’s issues, including periods and menopause, need to dealt with to remove the taboo of the issues for officers.  Ms Lang, 50, says the force is unrecognisable to the “archaic and outdated policies” that were in place when she joined in 1987.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2330642/british-transport-police-lynda-lang-equality-female/

Scotland passes gender equality law for public boards

Legislation to require equal representation of women on public sector boards in Scotland has been passed by the Scottish Parliament. MSPs voted by 88 to 28 in favour of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill, which was backed by all parties except the Scottish Conservatives.

https://www.globalgovernmentforum.com/scotland-passes-gender-equality-law-public-boards/

‘Devolve not dissolve’ transport police, Westminster told

MPs opposed to the merging of British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland with policing north of the border have called for an alternative ‘commission model’ to be considered.  During a Westminster Hall debate Conservative MPs expressed support for a different model to the integration of railway policing into Police Scotland, an idea supported by a BTP officers’ staff association.  The advocated ‘commission model’ – which draws on Police Scotland to commission BTP officers when necessary – defers devolution to the Scottish Government but avoids the dangers of a fully merged model.  Douglas Ross, MP for Moray, began the debate on Tuesday (March 6) by calling for a reconsideration of the options for devolving transport policing, highlighting the dangers that would come if a full merger went ahead as the Scottish Government has proposed.

http://www.policeprofessional.com/news.aspx?id=31686

‘No institutional racism’ in Police Scotland stop-search

An independent group of experts has accused Labour MSP Anas Sarwar of misrepresenting stop and search data to claim black and Asian people are more likely to be targeted by police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said Mr Sarwar was “playing the race card” when he issued a press release on Monday suggesting those from ethnic minority communities are four times more likely to be stop-searched than their white counterparts. The Independent Advisory Group on Stop and Search said the evidence did not substantiate that claim.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/no-institutional-racism-in-police-scotland-stop-search-1-4701776

Nerve agent used on Sergei Skripal leaves policeman critical

A former Russian spy and his daughter were the victims of a targeted attack with a nerve agent, increasing the likelihood that it was a Kremlin-sponsored assassination attempt, Whitehall sources have said. A police officer called to assist Sergei and Yulia Skripal after the attack in Salisbury is also seriously ill in hospital after being exposed to the highly toxic chemical.  The officer had gone to accident and emergency to report his symptoms and was discharged but his condition then deteriorated. He is in a serious condition but “engaging and talking to people”, Amber Rudd, the home secretary, said this morning.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/df553484-2260-11e8-a25c-0a92182647c9

 

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