22nd March 2018

Police force watchdog gets a new chief

Gillian Imery has been appointed Her Majesty’s chief inspector of constabulary in Scotland. The organisation provides independent inspection, monitoring and evaluation of Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority.



Massive survey of Scots police officers reveal two thirds would like to have handguns

A massive survey of Scottish police officers last year found almost two thirds of cops would like to have a handgun. The SPF poll in November of more than 4,000 officers also found nine in 10 wanted access to a Taser.  Top brass seemed to hear the plea and shortly after announced plans to beef up armed patrols and roll out 500 stun guns to beat bobbies.  Yesterday Mr Steele said officers face daily threats, with Police Scotland figures showing 969 assaults on officers in 2017 — up from 764 in 2016.


Pilots and train drivers targeted with laser pens ‘hundreds’ of times

Pilots and train drivers have dealt with hundreds of potentially deadly incidents where lasers have been directed at their windows. More than 170 convictions for shining lasers into aircraft have been secured since 2010, while British Transport Police insist they come across around 85 such incidents every year. It comes as new UK-wide laws are set to be introduced making it a criminal offence to direct a laser at any vehicle – punishable by up to five years in jail. Scottish transport minister Humza Yousaf said it was right that cyclists were also protected under the legislation, describing it as “future proofing”.


Gillian Imery QPM appointed next HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland

Gillian Imery QPM has been appointed as the next HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland. Mrs Imery, who is currently Assistant Inspector of Constabulary, will succeed Derek Penman QPM, who is retiring at the end of the month.  As Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Mrs Imery will lead HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) to deliver an annual programme of independent inspection, monitoring and evaluation of Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority. She will also be a source of professional independent advice on police matters.


Former Dumfries policeman guilty of abusing family and making lives “miserable”

A former top police officer who submitted his wife and two children to an ordeal of threats and abuse during a six-year period has been ordered by a sheriff to undertake a domestic abuse behavioural programme. Michael Kneeshaw, who was an inspector at the Scottish Police College at Tulliallan, was told by Sheriff Linda Nicolson at Dumfries: “It was apparent from the evidence that you made family life miserable, particularly for your wife, over this period.”


Wildlife constables take up their Cairngorms posts

A fresh effort to tackle wildlife crime in the Cairngorms has begun with the first Police Scotland Special Constables dedicated to the issue formally taking up their duties. The pilot project will see five officers, who are all currently Special Constables and based across the three Police Scotland divisions which are covered by the National Park area, concentrate on wildlife and rural crime issues, with funding from the Scottish Government and the Cairngorms National Park Authority. Detective Chief Superintendent David McLaren from Police Scotland said: “Tackling wildlife crime in Scotland is something that Police Scotland takes very seriously. Our priority should be preventing these crimes in the first place and we can only do this through strong partnership working and with the help of the public.


Lives at risk as quarter of forces regularly overwhelmed by demand

Lives could be at risk if urgent action is not taken to boost under-staffed police response teams in a quarter of forces, the police inspectorate warns.


Firefighters called out to more than 350 deliberate fires

Deliberate fires around Ayrshire have been branded ‘absolutely unacceptable’ after recent figures were released. In total, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) were called to 351 fires across the county and almost 3,000 across the whole of Scotland between March and April last year. However, this has dropped from the previous year which amounted to 357 deliberate fires being set in Ayrshire, and a number of the fires were set in outdoor areas such as fields, refuse, and the countryside.



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