Bayoh civil case against Police Scotland to be presented
Relatives of Sheku Bayoh, who died in police custody three years ago, are to outline their unprecedented civil action against Police Scotland. The 31-year-old died after being restrained by officers responding to a call in Kirkcaldy, Fife, on May 3 2015. His family previously criticised the length of time taken to investigate his death with prosecutors still to decide whether or not there should be any criminal proceedings. Family solicitor Aamer Anwar confirmed at the weekend that legal action is planned before time-barring rules come into effect on Thursday. The family are understood to be seeking £2 million in damages.
New police information centre opens in Inverness, securing dozens of jobs
The National Database Enquiry Unit (NDEU) went live yesterday securing dozens of jobs with more officers freed for divisional duties. But MSPs and local councillors have said that the number of police jobs in the north will be “closely monitored.” The move is regarded as “the final milestone” by the force in delivering its call handing and incident management system. Inverness’s control room closed on February 5, with the facility moved to Dundee amid much controversy. Both local and national politicians feared job losses and claimed there was a lack of transparency police over the plans. However, despite still regretting the loss of the north control room, the opening of the NDEU was welcomed yesterday. John Finnie MSP, Scottish Greens Justice spokesperson feared losing a “wealth of expertise”.
Police Scotland recommends closing 49 of its buildings in Dundee and the local area
Police Scotland has recommended the disposal of 11 of its buildings in Tayside and Fife.
The results of a three-month consultation that closed in January, on the disposal of police properties will be made to the Scottish Police Authority Board today. Police Scotland was considering the closure of 53 buildings that are “no longer required”. Based on the results, the SPA Board will be asked to approve 49 closures including Bridge of Earn, Longforgan, Stanley, Broughty Ferry, Police Mortuary Dundee, Muirhead, Friockheim and Letham in Tayside. Police buildings in Kincardine, Cardenden and Rosyth would also be ditched.
Michael Matheson says he had not seen Police Scotland report
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson has told MSPs he only found out about a highly critical report alleging corruption in the early days of Police Scotland when TV bosses made details of its contents public. The report, which contains claims of bad practice and unlawful behaviour, dates back to 2014, but details of it only emerged on Monday ahead of a BBC Scotland documentary. Answering questions at Holyrood, Matheson said he only found out about it then, because the original document was an internal report.
Police Scotland officer numbers hit nine-year low
The number of police officers in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level in nine years, according to Scottish Government statistics. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said that the drop had been expected and was part of a force plan to improve frontline crime fighting. The figures revealed that in the first three months of year Police Scotland had the equivalent of 17,170 full-time officers. The last time the number of officers was lower was in the first three months of 2009, when the total was 17,048.
“Poor supervision” to blame for police reporting delays
A former senior police officer has revealed “poor supervision” could be to blame for offences being dropped due to police reporting delays.
Ex-chief superintendent David O’Connor, former president of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, said officers had “very clear guidelines” about the timeframes they have to work to and should be subject to regular checks by supervisors. His comments came after The Herald revealed that hundreds of charges, including drug, firearm and sex offences, had to be scrapped by prosecutors because police were too late in filing their reports.
Police Scotland blasted by Federation chiefs after claiming 1,200 officers could be culled without harming the service
A report by accountants has claimed seven per cent of the force could be let go as smartphones and other technology help cops save time – but reps believe it’s unrealistic. Almost 1,200 cops could be cut within three years, a Police Scotland plan says. Finance chief James Gray will today outline how one in every 14 bobbies could be axed without affecting frontline services. But David Hamilton, of rank-and-file reps the Scottish Police Federation, last night insisted there was “absolutely no way” they could lose so many officers. The Federation accused accountants of basing their statistics on “spreadsheets rather than reality” and insisted any spare minutes recovered should instead be used to let overworked officers take their breaks.
Treatment of officers in merger ‘disgusting’
British Transport Police officers are being “abandoned” in the merger with Police Scotland, MSPs have been told. Nigel Goodband, chairman of the British Transport Police Federation, condemned what he described as the appalling treatment of rank-and-file officers because of the uncertainty caused by the merger.
Scottish police officer numbers at lowest level in nine years
The number of police officers in Scotland is at its lowest level for nine years, new figures have revealed. In the first three months of year, Police Scotland had the equivalent of 17,170 full time officers, according to Scottish Government statistics. The last time the number of officers was lower was in the first three months of 2009, when the total was 17,048. Officer numbers increased after the SNP came into power in 2007, with the party committed to putting 1,000 extra police on the streets. That commitment was first met in March to June 2009, with the number of officers having remained at above or about 17,250 since then. But the total for January to March this year dropped by 86 from the 17,256 recorded in October to December 2017.
Police officers ‘stuck in backroom roles’ as numbers drop to lowest level since 2009
Police officer numbers in Scotland have fallen to their lowest level in nine years. The constable count has dropped below the Scottish Government minimum, a policy which was dumped by the SNP in 2016. In the first three months of this year, Police Scotland had the equivalent of 17,170 full-time officers, according to official statistics published on Tuesday. The last time it was lower was in the same period in 2009, when the total was 17,048. The Scottish Conservatives said it is “massively disappointing” the numbers have dropped below the level guaranteed by the SNP between 2007 and 2016. Tory MSP Liam Kerr said: “The reason the Scottish Conservatives helped secure this pledge was to ensure a greater police presence in our communities and to help tackle crime.
Police chief’s humiliating TV confession
Scotland’s acting chief constable has made a humiliating TV confession about getting drunk and falling asleep in a junior female officer’s bedroom. Iain Livingstone, the clear frontrunner to secure the most senior position at the crisis-hit force, has faced new questions about his conduct. Politicians also questioned his suitability for the job after his response to the claims in a BBC documentary, saying only that he ‘fell asleep in the wrong place and that was all’.
Let rape victims testify away from court, says judge
Victims of rape and sexual assault should not be expected to give evidence in court, Scotland’s most senior judge said yesterday. Lord Carloway said his ‘ultimate objective’ was for victims to give filmed statements within 24 hours of an alleged attack.
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