10th May 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

Police Scotland youth volunteers have given talks to around 2,700 pupils in schools across the city over the past year as part of the No Knives Better Lives initiative. The campaign concluded this week with a discussion at Braeview Academy and a visit by Mr Matheson. Sammy Keith, community development officer for Dundee’s youth volunteers, said: “No Knives Better Lives in a national initiative that began four years ago to build bridges between police and young people. “However, it was not delivered in Dundee until now. “The idea was that it would be peer-to-peer education, so the young volunteers are delivering it.

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/651032/justice-secretary-visits-dundee-as-knife-crime-prevention-scheme-concludes/

Police Scotland last year identified 53 stations they wanted to put on the market, the majority of which were vacant. After a massive public consultation exercise they have now approved the sale of 49, while a further review will now take place for Lairg, Dunvegan, Broadford and Lochboisdale, the only one which still houses officers. Highlands and Islands MSP Rhoda Grant has called on Police Scotland to reopen the vacant buildings as police stations. She said: “Police Scotland need to rise to the challenge and decide on the future of these four properties.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/highlands/1470087/msp-calls-on-police-to-reopen-remote-stations-including-four-in-the-north/

Promoted by Strathclyde Business School 9 HAVE YOUR SAY A flagship £120 million Scottish Government initiative aimed at raising standards in schools is being used to employ campus police officers, MSPs have been told. There are now concerns that the cash – which goes directly to headteachers – is not being used “appropriately” after claims it had initially earmarked for raising classroom standards. Opposition leaders questioned if boosting police numbers is the best use of the cash after Holyrood’s education committee was told yesterday that some North Ayrshire schools spent the cash this way.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/120m-fund-to-raise-school-standards-used-to-recruit-extra-police-1-4737455

POLICE Scotland is to be sued by the family of Barry Croal who was found dead in his house by officers two days after concerns for his well-being were first raised to them by his mother. The police watchdog has criticised the force for failure in call handling after the mother of the 51-year-old rang police three times on February 20 2017 amid concern for his safety, having not seen him for two days or been able to unlock his front door. But no police officers were sent to investigate, a Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) report found.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16215059.Dead_man_s_family_to_sue_Police_Scotland_over_38_hour_delay_in_safety_search/

SCHOOLS which are using extra money to help close the attainment gap on campus police officers have come under fire. The row blew up after a Scottish Parliament committee heard examples of how schools were spending the Pupil Equity Fund (PEF). Martin Canavan, policy officer at the Aberlour Child Care Trust, said it was an illustration of “a real inconsistency” surrounding PEF. He told the education committee: “Where there are good relationships with schools, where headteachers are quite proactive, then PEF is a really good model.

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/16214735.Row_over_funding_of_campus_cops_to_raise_attainment/

Headteachers who have used money earmarked for closing the attainment gap between advantaged and disadvantaged pupils to buy in police for schools are being accused of misusing the cash.  Martin Canavan who works for a charity that specialises in supporting disadvantaged children and their families said there were examples of the £120 million Pupil Equity Fund (PEF) – the Scottish equivalent of the pupil premium – “not being used as best it could be”. The PEF, which was introduced into Scottish schools for the first time last year, is supposed to be targeted by heads at closing the poverty-related attainment gap.

https://www.tes.com/news/heads-spending-money-poor-pupils-school-police-presence

 

Yob launched Buckfast bottles at police, threatened to stab cops during Grangemouth siege

A CRAZED thug pelted police with Buckfast and beer bottles, threatened to stab officers and screamed “f*** the polis” during a siege at a block of flats in Grangemouth. Connor Kay, 21, smashed the toughened glass back door of the flats with a metal pole, prompting horrified residents to call police, and a stand-off began. Kay had earlier been asked to leave one of the flats, where he had been drinking all night. Stirling Sheriff Court was told other residents on Torwood Avenue called police after hearing banging at 6.30am.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2617056/yob-jailed-buckfast-police-grangemouth/

WILDLIFE crime investigations could become more fruitful as a result of new research into retrieving human DNA found at the scene, even days after the incident has taken place. The research was initiated by the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime Scotland and carried out by the Scottish Police Authority’s Forensic Services, the Scottish Government and the University of Strathclyde. It found that DNA can be traced on traps that have been outside for at least 10 days, and from rabbit baits and bird carcasses at crime scenes after at least 24 hours.

http://www.thescottishfarmer.co.uk/news/16211536.DNA_breakthrough_for_wildlife_crime/

Police Scotland failed to deal properly with three calls made by the mother of 51-year-old Barry Croal who was later found dead at his home, an investigation has found. The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) said police did nothing despite Mr Croal’s mother phoning police three times to report concerns about her son’s safety. Mr Croal’s mother Elizabeth Gillespie made three calls on February 20 last year, but no action was raised and officers were not sent to check on him.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/inquiry-into-man-s-death-finds-police-failings-on-mother-s-pleas-for-help-1-4737453

A SENIOR Police Scotland officer has admitted shortcomings in the force’s response procedures. It comes after a watchdog found it had not correctly handled three calls from a concerned mother, two days before her son’s body was found in his home. Assistant Chief Constable Wayne Mawson said his force had since made “significant changes” in the management of custody enquiries. He added that staff had received briefings to recognise risk after an investigation into the case of 51-year-old Barry Croal found the calls from his mother Elizabeth Gillespie were not handled appropriately.

http://www.thenational.scot/news/16215165.Police_Scotland_says_it_has_learned_from_call_handling_blunders/

 

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