30th May 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

Ad campaign launched to find new Police Scotland chief constable

A recruitment campaign has been launched to find a new chief constable for Scotland. An advert has been posted today in a bid to find an ‘exceptional leader’ to take the helm of the country’s police force. The job comes with a hefty salary of £216,549. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) is advertising for an outstanding and accomplished police leader to drive improvement at Police Scotland.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/ad-campaign-launched-to-find-new-police-scotland-chief-constable-1-4746814

Outdated IT hampering fight against cybercrime, say Police Scotland

Police say they need £200m for new technology. Police chiefs have admitted that dated IT equipment has left them struggling to tackle cybercrime in Scotland and are to demand more than £200 million for new technology. The urgent cash injection is needed to finally deliver an integrated system capable of recording and analysing information across the country and to pay for advanced tools, which officers believe will make them more efficient.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/7e4324c6-638d-11e8-9092-dbb5f656af2a

Dundee University helps inspire new policy on stop and search

Recommendations made by a researcher at the University of Dundee have contributed to Police Scotland changing the way it carries out stop and search. Dundee’s Dr Megan O’Neill and Dr Liz Aston, from Edinburgh Napier, had previously evaluated a new approach to stop and search piloted by the Fife Division of Police Scotland.  Their report, published by the Dundee-based Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR), highlighted elements of the pilot that can be regarded as good practice while also making recommendations for improvement.

https://www.eveningtelegraph.co.uk/fp/dundee-university-helps-inspire-new-policy-on-stop-and-search/

Ageing Police Scotland computer system needs £200m-plus upgrade

Police Scotland needs funding totalling more than £200 million to modernise its ageing computer systems amid growing concerns over cyber-enabled crime. A report from the force’s deputy chief officer warns the urgent need to update technology is now years overdue. And it says criminal gangs are putting further pressure on already stretched IT systems by investing heavily in their own cyber capabilities. Police Scotland’s £46m i6 computer project was cancelled at the eleventh hour in 2016 after testing discovered a series of glitches.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/ageing-police-scotland-computer-system-needs-200m-plus-upgrade-1-4746839

Anti-social behaviour on the rise across Courier Country

Figures show that the number of incidents reported to Police Scotland have risen across Perth and Kinross, Dundee and Angus. Despite showing a two per cent decrease in the number of reports for 2017/2018, Fife still recorded the highest number with an average of 75.5 incidents a day.  The statistics, released by the Scottish Conservatives, found there was a 5% increase in reports across Scotland as a whole.  There were 343,570 anti-social behaviour incidents reported in Scotland during 2017-18, a rise of 17,794.

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/662180/anti-social-behaviour-on-the-rise-across-courier-country/

Antisocial behaviour up by 5 per cent in a year

The Scottish Conservatives have accused the Scottish Government of failing communities as figures showed anti-social behaviour increased 5 per cent in a year. Statistics reveal there were more than 343,570 anti-social behaviour incidents in 2017/18, up 17,635 from the previous year. Police Scotland’s management information data, which the force does not consider to be official statistics, indicate there were 941 such incidents a day on average in 2017/18.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/antisocial-behaviour-up-by-5-per-cent-in-a-year-1-4746822

Recruitment drive launched for new Police Scotland chief

The bid to recruit a new Chief Constable for Police Scotland is formally underway. A Scottish Police Authority (SPA) advert confirmed it is seeking an “outstanding and accomplished” leader for the £216,549 post. The vacancy follows the resignation of Phil Gormley in February amid a series of investigations into claims of gross misconduct. Applications for the second biggest job in UK policing close on 25 June. Deputy chief constable designate Iain Livingstone is regarded as the frontrunner.  But the post is expected to attract high calibre candidates from south of the border.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-44291728

Scottish Police Talk Warnings, not Tickets

Police Scotland is investigating a new proposal that would give some speeders a warning, not a ticket. One that would stay a warning if drivers stay clean but turn into a fine and points if they get caught again. The new proposal would see drivers ticketed by an officer in a 20 mph or 30 mph zone (32 km/h and 49 km/h) get a warning, the first time. Keep your speed down for the next three months, and the warning goes away. Get nicked for speeding again during that three months and that warning turns into a fine and points. It’s like a suspended sentence, but for speeding offences. One that recognizes that drivers can occasionally let their speeds creep up more than they should.

https://www.autotrader.ca/newsfeatures/20180529/scottish-police-talk-warnings-not-tickets/

Feature: Unequal Protection of Children (is no longer justifiable)

Writing for Scottish Legal News, Scottish Conservative MSP Liam Kerr responds to colleague Gordon Lindhurust MSP’s article in the SLN Annual Review on the proposed removal of the reasonable chastisement defence. Recently my friend and colleague Gordon Lindhurst MSP expressed his surprise in an article for Scottish Legal News that the matter of “parental discipline” has been brought up again, 15 years after the Scottish Parliament last debated it.  The police are already well versed at dealing with reports of physical punishment. Brian Docherty, former Chairman of the Scottish Police Federation said: “… the Scottish Police Federation have no desire to see vast numbers of parents prosecuted for physically punishing their children… this would not be the effect of removing the statutory defence. Rather than a statutory defence for everyone, the test should be ‘were the actions reasonable and proportionate in each set of circumstances’…”

http://www.scottishlegal.com/article/feature-unequal-protection-of-children-is-no-longer-justifiable

 

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