FEARS that all police officers in Scotland could be armed have been raised following the implementation of controversial new policing measures. On Monday, Police Scotland officially extended the role of its armed response vehicle (ARV) officers. The move means that gun cops will be sent to a range of non-firearms calls, such as drink-driving, to support regular officers. Police Scotland’s Chief Superintendent Brian McInulty insisted the new deployment model wouldn’t affect officers’ ability to deal with terrorism and serious organised crime.
Scotland ‘has higher rate of race murders than rest of UK’
Scotland has a higher rate of racist murders than elsewhere in the UK, research for a new book has suggested. The authors of No Problem Here: Understanding Racism in Scotland reject the idea that Scotland has been more welcoming to immigrants than the rest of the UK. They say the belief that Scotland is “culturally different” is a “misleading fantasy.” But they say Scotland’s vote to remain in the European Union in the 2016 referendum has given the “myth” that the country is not racist a “new lease of life”.
The ARCHIE Foundation, the official charity of Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital, is to hold its very first Battle of the Badges, which will see Police Scotland take on the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. Matthew Cowe, a firefighter at Peterhead fire station, will don the captain’s armband for Team Fire, while Team Police will be led by Kevin Lynch, a police officer at Peterhead police station. Jamie Smith, regional fundraising manager at ARCHIE, said: “We really enjoyed team try-outs for Battle of the Badges and want to say thank you to everyone from Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service who came along and got involved.
Detectives are hunting for more than 750 “long-term” missing people. These cases, involving individuals who have been missing for more than 28 days, date back more than 60 years to 1957. And while science and technology are helping officers trace those who disappear faster than ever before, they say good old-fashioned policing remains vital to cracking some of Scotland’s most complex cases. Police Scotland’s Operation Logoria database currently houses 764 cases – the vast majority of them on young, single males with no history of going missing. Thanks to the power of the media, the faces of many of them have become instantly recognisable to us.
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