Police watchdog recommends call handling improvements as dead man’s family plan to sue
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) has made recommendations to Police Scotland concerning improvements to police call handling. It follows an investigation which found that three calls made by the concerned mother of 51-year-old Barry Croal, whose body was later discovered at his home, were not handled appropriately. Mr Croal’s family have told The Herald that they have hired a lawyer and intend to sue Police Scotland following the findings of the report.
Officers aim to target bikers being a nuisance in their communities by riding their machines dangerously on city streets. Thirty bikes were seized last year and 33 people charged by police for various offences. Operation Armour is now in its 10th year and has been hailed such a success that other officers across Scotland have been in touch for advice. Inspector Jon Millar, of the Mastrick community policing team, said: “We have too many bikes in the city that are ridden illegally, are unsafe, or the drivers don’t have skill and people end up getting hurt.
Figures revealed in the latest police officer strength statistics have shown that communities in Fife have 42 fewer police officers patrolling the streets since the single force came into operation. The statistics come despite promises to maintain officer numbers with only two Police Scotland divisions experiencing an increase in numbers since 2014. The figures show in 2014 there were 839 officers in Fife, now only 797 remain. In addition to the decrease in rank and file officers, there are substantially fewer special constables serving communities.
Cops with a porpoise issue dolphin warning
Police Scotland has threatened water sports enthusiasts with prosecution if they bother dolphins in the Moray Firth. A number of incidents were reported in the area last summer involving personal boats and kite surfers risking disturbance to dolphins. Under the Conservation (Natural Habitats) Regulations 1994, disturbance, harassment, killing and injury of whales, dolphins and porpoises are offences subject to a fine of up to £5,000.
The Crown Office has said there is still work to be done on the investigation into the death of Sheku Bayoh. His family are still waiting for answers three years on from the day he died on a Kirkcaldy street while being restrained by police officers. They marked the latest anniversary with a call for the head of PIRC – Police Investigations and Review Commisioner – to stand down. They also want an independent judicial inquiry, and have pledged to sue Iain Livingstone, Chief Constable of Police Scotland, for £1.8m
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