Police Scotland clear-up rates crumble after five years of controversy and cuts to the force, figures reveal
COPS’ clear-up rates have crumbled during five years of controversy and cuts at Police Scotland, figures revealed. Crime-solving slumped in key areas including sex attacks, housebreaking, fraud and violence. In total, 30 out of 33 categories saw a drop in the proportion of cases cracked since the single force was created. The official stats also reveal a “postcode lottery” for cop successes, with Shetland two and a half times better for detections than Edinburgh.
DCC defends cash transfer of relocation expenses
A senior officer has defended her receipt of relocation expenses without paying tax on the payment. Deputy Chief Constable Rose Fitzpatrick was paid £34,000 by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) last year to cover her move from the Metropolitan Police Service to Police Scotland. A recent employment tribunal heard there were no “exceptional circumstances” to support the payment – which was not passed through the organisation’s proper payroll system. However, Ms Fitzpatrick, who is due to retire in June, claims she was offered the transfer by former SPA chief executive John Foley after a previous payment was delayed.
Nicola Sturgeon condemns ‘sickening’ anti-Muslim campaign
NICOLA Sturgeon has condemned a “sickening” anti-Muslim campaign as she vowed Scotland would stand together to oppose hatred. The First Minister said words didn’t do justice to how she felt on hearing about “Punish a Muslim day”.
New resource to help roll-out campaign
Following its success in North Lanarkshire the You’re Asking For It campaign has developed an online resource to support its roll-out across Scotland. Over 300 retail outlets backed the North Lanarkshire campaign which raised awareness of the damaging effects and criminal nature of buying alcohol for under 18s. Fourteen proxy purchase hot spots were identified and Scott Porter Research found there was a 34 per cent increase in awareness of current legislation. Over 100 people attended a launch event for the resource in Motherwell including representatives from 17 local authorities, Police Scotland, the retail sector, alcohol producers and health workers.
PTSD police officer has racism and assault charges dropped because he’s unfit to stand trial
A police officer has had charges of racism, assault and dangerous driving against him dropped because he’s unfit to stand trial. PC Dale Mallin, 41, was alleged to have followed Graeme Kerr in his car before blocking his vehicle and making racial remarks in Blantyre, Lanarkshire, in October 2015. Mallin was also accused of assaulting Jordan Lynn by pushing him to the ground in February 2016. The former soldier had appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court and denied the claims while his legal team said he suffered post traumatic stress and was unable to stand trial.
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