23rd April 2018

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‘Irresponsible’ Nats WARNED transport cop proposal could COST £500,000 per officer

The SNP’s controversial plans to merge British Transport Police with Police Scotland will cost up to £500,000 for every officer involved, a report claims. Last night, the revelation sparked fury amongst opposition parties, with one describing the news as “damning”.  The revelation came in a document drawn up by the British Transport Police (BTP) Federation, the umbrella group which represents rank-and-file officers. It claims the cost of transferring the organisation from its current role into the under-fire single force will run to between £250,000 and £500,000 per officer.


Police chiefs urged to keep promise on moving jobs north

Police chiefs are under pressure to deliver on promises to relocate jobs to the north and north-east after it emerged that they are planning more office closures. Shadow justice spokesman Liam Kerr warned the force against any “drift towards further centralisation” after the closures of Aberdeen and Inverness control rooms.  Acting Chief Constable Iain Livingstone gave an “authentic commitment” in September, on the day the decision to shut the Inverness facility was rubber-stamped, that the force would move to “decentralise” posts from the central belt.


Police to get new powers to tackle terrorism

Leaked documents show police are to be given tough new powers to tackle terrorism – and there will be a renewed focus on prevention in particular communities – in measures to be announced by Home Secretary Amber Rudd.


Transport police merger could cost up to £500,000 per officer

The controversial merger of Police Scotland and the transport force could cost up to £500,000 per officer, new documents warn. The integration of British Transport Police (BTP) into the national force was due to take place in April 2019, although the controversial move was delayed indefinitely in February. A new paper produced by the British Transport Police Federation (BTPF) outlines what it sees as areas of “serious concern” to the BTPF and safety risks to the public over the move.


Information Commissioner’s Office blasts Scottish Police Authority over data security failures

A watchdog has issued a “damning” report into data security failures at the body responsible for overseeing Police Scotland. As part of a highly critical audit, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) demanded “immediate” action at the Scottish Police Authority after making dozens of “urgent” recommendations. Scottish Tory MSP Liam Kerr said: “This is a damning report into one of the most important organisations in Scottish public life. It’s absolutely vital that the SPA can be trusted on the issue of data protection, given the sensitivity of what it handles.”


Boy, 13, strip-searched by Police Scotland officers looking for illegal drugs

Children as young as 13 have been strip-searched by Police Scotland looking for illegal drugs, it has emerged. New figures show that over 50 children and young people had clothing removed by police officers over a nine-month period from May last year, according to the Herald . Nothing was found in around half of the searches. Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland, said: “Strip searching children is a highly intrusive practice which interferes with rights to privacy and bodily integrity and causes feelings of fear and intimidation.


Police officer injured in arrest of Sheku Bayoh claims bosses refused to let her retire early

Nicole Short wants a judge to overturn a decision made by the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) after she suffered “significant injuries”, the Scottish Sun on Sunday has reported. The 32-year-old has lodged papers with the Court of Session in Edinburgh, calling for a review after PDA chief executive Kenneth Hogg rejected her request in early February.  PC Short, of Glenrothes, has been on paid sick leave since Mr Bayoh lost his life while in custody at Kirkcaldy in May 2015.  Mr Bayoh died after being restrained by nine police officers.  Afterwards, Ms Short claimed she was left with a paralysed face and suffered post-traumatic stress.  Her lawyer Peter Watson said: “We have raised a petition for a judicial review to challenge a decision not to allow a medical ill-health retirement, which is otherwise medically justified.”  The Police Investigations and Review Commission has spent about £260,000 investigating Mr Bayoh’s death.



Children as young as 13-years-old strip searched by Police Scotland amid drug probes in past year according to shock figures

New figures indicate that more than 50 kids and youngsters have had their clothing removed by cops over a nine-month spell from May 2017. Children as young as 13 have been strip searched by Police Scotland in the past year over fears they may be in possession of illegal drugs.  New figures indicate that more than 50 kids and youngsters have had their clothing removed by cops over a nine-month spell from May 2017.


Police plan for Old Firm crunch clash where Celtic could seal title against Rangers

Police planning for the Old Firm game next Sunday took on added urgency yesterday. The game, kicking off at noon, will be a 60,000 sell-out.  A spokesman for Police Scotland said yesterday: “We are aware of the game and it will be policed appropriately.”


Car-theft kit for sale on Amazon: How web giants are ‘helping criminals’ buy devices that can be used to steal vehicles for as little as £100

Electronic gadgets that can be used to steal cars in seconds are being sold online for as little as £100. Available on Amazon and eBay, the hacking devices allow thieves to reprogramme a blank key fob so it can start a car’s ignition.  The Daily Mail deployed the tools to ‘steal’ a test car in two minutes after getting into the vehicle with a lock pick, which was also on sale online.  A crime commissioner accused ‘irresponsible’ web retailers of helping criminals, saying the devices should be taken off sale.



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