THE “bad guys” have the edge over Police Scotland as the single force’s digital capacity falls behind, it is claimed. David Page, deputy chief officer of the single force, says it needs around £200 million for new technology to catch up. Addressing the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board in Edinburgh yesterday, he said: “What we try to be very clear on here is the risk of not doing this. “Our officers and our staff have been struggling for six years with poor technology.
Statistics released by the Scottish Conservatives found there had been a 5% increase in reports across Scotland as a whole. There were 343,570 antisocial behaviour incidents reported in Scotland during 2017-18, a rise of 17,794. Perth and Kinross had the fourth highest increase in the number of reports – from 5,808 to 7,521. Angus also showed a large increase year on year with a 20% rise from 5,508 to 6,585. Dundee had 15,026 incidents reported during 2017-18. Despite showing a 2% decrease in the number of reports, Fife still recorded the highest number, with an average of 75.5 incidents a day.
Police need millions to beef up IT
Poor technology at Police Scotland is giving the “bad guys” an edge and investment of about £200 million is needed, David Page, deputy chief officer, has told the Scottish Police Authority board. The board gave an initial endorsement to the force’s digital, data and ICT plans, with an outline business case due in the autumn for further approval. “Our officers and our staff have been struggling for six years with poor technology. It makes their job more difficult, it gives the bad guys an edge over us and it means that we don’t support the public as well as we should do,” Mr Page said. “If we don’t invest . . . that gap is only going to get worse, which means we’re only going to fail to…
Police Scotland’s ailing IT infrastructure is giving criminals “an edge,” it has been warned. The national force needs £206 million extra funding from the Scottish Government to modernise its computer systems. Appearing before the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) board in Edinburgh yesterday, Deputy Chief Officer David Page said the necessary improvements were now seven years overdue. Police Scotland’s most senior civilian officer said: “What we try to be very clear on here is the risk of not doing this.
83 people linked to organised crime arrested in West Dunbartonshire in last year
FIGURES released this week by police chiefs in West Dunbartonshire revealed that 83 people linked to serious and organised crime have been arrested in the area in the past year. In addition, Police Scotland’s Divisional Commander Hazel Hendren also told how £321,728 had been seized from individuals within West Dunbartonshire under the Proceeds of Crime Act. She also stated that serious and organised crime has been “disrupted” in the past three months with intelligence led policing resulting in the recovery of two firearms and one air rifle from, what police branded “violent individuals” They had been linked to organised crime groups in three separate incidents.
Scotland declines to introduce misogynistic harassment law
Campaigners calling for an end to violence against women have expressed disappointment after an independent review of hate crime laws in Scotland stopped short of recommending a new offence of misogynistic harassment. The retired judge Lord Bracadale, who was commissioned by the Scottish government to undertake a root and branch review of hate crime legislation at the end of 2016, has proposed that gender should be introduced for the first time in any part of the UK as an aggravation to existing offences, along with age. Current hate crime laws in Scotland cover race, religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity.
SNP ministers are facing a £1.7bn downgrade in tax revenues over the next five years, according to the latest forecast from the Scottish Fiscal Commission. The independent body scrutinising Scotland’s budget process said the outlook for the economy remained “subdued”, with low growth and wage stagnation. Scottish LibDem leader Willie Rennie said the downgrade in tax take was “grim” … forecast is less money for our schools, our hospitals and our police service.”
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