9th April 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

Scottish police wasted more than £2k by putting wrong fuel in cars

Scottish police officers wasted more than £2000 of taxpayers’ money last year after filling their patrol vehicles with the wrong fuel. Police Scotland officers got it wrong at the fuel pump 16 times, leaving vehicles having to be taken off the road for costly repairs. Across the UK, police officers mistakenly filled up with the wrong fuel nearly 300 times in 2017, costing the taxpayer more than £50,000 to correct the blunder. The TaxPayers’ Alliance said the figures, released following a Freedom of Information investigation by the Press Association, were “staggering”.


Local police rates bill ‘could be spent putting bobbies on the beat’

Police in Angus are being burdened by a six-figure rates bill that could be spent on putting bobbies on the beat, it has been claimed. It has emerged the local force paid out more than £800,000 for non-domestic rates in four years — half of its £1.6 million maintenance bill.  The total includes a near-£370,000 rates bill for the Forfar West High Street premises, which headquartered what was Tayside Police’s eastern division prior to the introduction of Scotland’s single force five years ago.  Scottish Conservative MP for Angus Kirstene Hair said: “The research I have carried out found the bills for rates account for half of the Angus expenditure around the county.


Police Scotland to use cyber crime kiosks

Service plans to distribute 41 kiosks around the country to interrogate devices for evidence of cyber crime. Police Scotland is to begin using a collection of ‘cyber kiosks’ as part of its efforts to fight cyber crime. It is planning to use 41 of the kiosks supplied under a contract, valued at £370,000, between the Scottish Police Authority and Insight Direct, acting as reseller of the kiosks from manufacturer Cellebrite.


Police splash 400k on tech to snoop mobile phones that can open all your data in seconds

Police Scotland are to splash out almost £400,000 on new technology to snoop on mobile phones . They have ordered more than 40 cyber crime “kiosks” after trials in Edinburgh and Stirling.  The Israeli-made mobile devices can override passwords, open texts, emails, photos, call records and browsing history, even if it’s been deleted.  Privacy campaigners have blasted the £370,684, move but police say it’s vital to help them halt cybercrime.


Knife crime increases in Scotland as force curbs stop and search campaign

Knife crime rose by 7% last year as Police Scotland curbed their controversial stop and search programme. Blades were used, or found by police, 2092 times – almost half the number found 10 years ago.  However, it is the second year in a row the figure has gone up, suggesting a trend.  The rise can be revealed days after Scots police were hailed by colleagues in London for dramatically cutting knife crime.  The figures from 2016 cover the period when the number of street searches was dropping after the national force was accused of breaching human rights legislation for frisking thousands of Scots, some as young as seven.


Michael Matheson has told police chiefs they can only cut officer numbers if frontline patrols are protected. The Justice Minister has warned the Scottish Police Authority that plans to cut 100 jobs as part of a massive savings programme cannot go ahead unless the number of beat officers is maintained.  However, his intervention has renewed concern over political interference in operational police matters.


Police officers put wrong fuel in patrol cars 16 times last year

Police Scotland mistakenly filled patrol cars with the wrong type of fuel 16 times last year at a cost of more than £2,000. The TaxPayers’ Alliance pressure group described the figures, released after a freedom of information investigation by the Press Association, as “staggering”. Throughout the UK, police officers put the wrong fuel in nearly 300 times – costing £50,000 in repairs. Of the UK’s 45 police forces, 40 responded and 33 admitted paying for repairs to a police vehicle after a misfuelling last year – at an average cost of £178 a time.


Sharp rise in ambulance service first responder times

The average time for an Ambulance Service first responder to reach an emergency was more than a quarter-of-an-hour at the end of 2017, according to official statistics. In the West of Scotland region, it was more than 19 minutes. Data from the Scottish Ambulance Service also showed first responder times had almost doubled in four years, with a marked increase in the past 12 months.



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