7th May 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

Scotland leads world with new approach to missing people by listening to those who come back

Scotland is leading the world with a groundbreaking approach to dealing with missing people – by listening to those who come back. About 99 per cent of the 23,000 people who were reported missing in Scotland in the past year were found within a month.  But experts want to quash the idea that missing people are a matter for the police alone.  The agencies involved in these cases are hoping to tackle the root cause of the problem by joining forces to learn from in-depth “return interviews”.



Police Scotland pooches prove their top dogs at tracking, searching and obedience as they scoop trophies at 58th National Police Dog Trials

Police Scotland pooches and their handlers have been named top dogs at a national competition. Dundee-based PC Peter Gargan and Police Dog (PD) Dale, a three-year-old German Shepherd, won the Jordan Shield for Overall National Police Dog Champion at the 58th National Police Dog Trials.  They also won the trophy for best tracking dog, and another for winning the highest combined marks for tracking and searching.


Poll on selling 53 police stations ‘dishonest’ with no ‘keep it open’ option

A consultation on selling off more than 50 police stations has been slammed as “dishonest and worthless” as it did not include the option of keeping them open. Police Scotland announced plans to get rid of 53 “empty or soon to be empty” stations last autumn and began a nationwide exercise to “hear the views and opinions of the public”.

The consultation results were unveiled at a Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board meeting in Stirling last week, with bosses agreeing to go ahead with the disposal of 49 properties.

According to the survey, 77 per cent of those canvassed agreed with the “general principle of disposing of unused police premises”.


How Police Scotland bulldogs are fighting under a rug

Backstabbing. Feuding gangs. Hate campaigns. Smears and counter-smears. Reports about Police Scotland have started to sound a lot like reports by Police Scotland. The five-year-old national force – or, rather, the corridors of power in its drafty HQ at Tulliallan Castle – has been a battleground of egos since before its creation. However, according to insiders, such clashes are simply “business as usual” for Scottish policing. “It was always like this,” said one source, referring to a long history of competition within UK police forces.



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