‘Shocking’ corruption claims removed from Police Scotland report
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson (pictured) is being urged to come before MSPs in the wake of “shocking” new allegations about Police Scotland. It is claimed corruption complaints and criticisms of senior officers were removed from an internal report into the early days of the amalgamated police force. The Conservatives, Labour and the LibDems all said the claims, which are made in a new TV documentary about the national force, raised serious questions for the Scottish Government.
Hundreds of charges dropped due to Police Scotland reporting delays
Hundreds of alleged offences including firearms, drug dealing and child sex crimes had to be dropped by prosecutors last year because police were too late in filing their reports.
More than 850 charges were reported to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) outwith the statutory time frames, leaving prosecutors no choice but to scrap proceedings.
Stand-in Police Scotland chief Iain Livingstone still considering top job after sex case “mistake”
Stand-in Scots police chief Iain Livingstone says he believes he has the ability to do the job and is still considering whether to put himself in the frame. The father-of-three, 51, has said he has still not ruled out taking over the role as Chief Constable at Police Scotland after Phil Gormley resigned in February.
Justice Secretary facing questions over Police Scotland claims
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson is being urged to come before MSPs in the wake of “shocking” new allegations about Police Scotland. It is claimed corruption complaints and criticisms of senior officers were removed from an internal report into the early days of the amalgamated police force. The Conservatives, Labour and the Liberal Democrats all said the claims, which are made in a new TV documentary about the national force, raised serious questions for the Scottish Government. Tory justice spokesman Liam Kerr has tabled an urgent question at Holyrood and said: “The allegations would suggest that some Scottish police officers have, at the very least, been conducting themselves in a highly questionable manner.”
Search begins for next chief constable of Police Scotland
The search for Police Scotland’s next chief constable will start at the end of next month, it has been confirmed. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) said the process to replace Phil Gormley would begin in earnest in the coming weeks, with the new chief expected to be in place by the end of the year. Mr Gormley resigned in February while the subject of five separate investigations by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) amid allegations of bullying. SPA chair Susan Deacon said the recruitment process would be launched alongside the search for a new chief executive of her own organisation.
Borders police team to tackle low level crime
The Borders’ new community action policing team has issued 90 parking tickets in less than a month on the beat. The team of six constables and a sergeant, which first reported for duty on April 1, has been tasked with tackling issues that matter to local communities. Partly funded by Scottish Borders Council, which has pledged £282,000 to the project, the team will target issues such as anti-social behaviour and on-street parking. Speaking at the official unveiling at council HQ on Monday, Chief Inspector Andy McLean, local area commander for the Borders, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity we have been given by the council to address quality of life issues that we may not normally be able to do.
Proposed British Transport Police integration comes under spotlight this week
The proposed integration of the British Transport Police in Scotland into Police Scotland will come under the spotlight of Holyrood’s Justice Committee tomorrow. The Committee will hear from: Chief Constable Paul Crowther, British Transport Police; Nigel Goodband, National Chairman, British Transport Police Federation; Tom McMahon, Director of Business Integration, Police Scotland; Calum Steele, General Secretary, Scottish Police Federation; and then from Dan Moore, Deputy Director, Rail Markets Strategy, Department for Transport and Donna Bell, Deputy Director, Police Division, Scottish Government.
Bayoh family set to sue Police Scotland for £2m
The family of Sheku Bayoh, the Fife engineer who died in police custody three years ago, are to sue Scotland’s chief constable for £2 million. Reports suggest relatives of Bayoh will lodge a civil action against Police Scotland’s acting chief constable Iain Livingstone at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Thursday. The family say the nine officers who came into contact with Bayoh on May 3 2015 are responsible for his death. The 31-year-old had 20 facial cuts and bruises, petechial haemorrhages in his eyes (a symptom of asphyxiation), a fractured rib and grazing on his chest.
More armed officers on Scotland’s streets as range of duties expanded
Armed officers will be deployed to more incidents as part of a new Police Scotland policy.
The force has confirmed that plans to extend the role of Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officers will come into place on May 7. ARV officers will now also help deal with public protection and vulnerability-related incidents, after previously being restricted to more serious duties. The policy follows a U-turn on firearms deployments in 2014 that led to armed officers only responding to firearms incidents or those involving threat to life.
Assistant Chief Constable Nelson Telfer described the current deployment model as “inefficient”.
Now Matheson faces a showdown over police cover-up row
A row over allegations that Police Scotland top brass tried to suppress claims of serious corruption threatened to engulf Justice Secretary Michael Matheson last night. The bombshell disclosures focus on the first chief constable of the troubled force, Sit Stephen House, who is now an assistant commissioner with the Metropolitan Police.
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