Local fire and police ‘feeling increasingly stretched’ after mergers
An analysis by Dundee professor Nick Fyfe found the centralisation of Scotland’s police and fire services has left local teams feeling “increasingly stretched”. Professor Fyfe, who is the founding director of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research, said national decisions taken since the 2013 merger has had “several unintended consequences for local policing”. “In particular, the redeployment of officers to specialist teams, reductions in civilian staff and restructuring of resource provision and geographical responsibilities have resulted in concerns among local officers – shared by the public and local councillors – that resources are increasingly stretched relative to demand,” he said.
So who should police the police? In her first interview in four years, Police Scotland watchdog breaks her silence
The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner, Kate Frame, is calling on MSPs to review who probes misconduct claims against officers. In her first interview since taking up the post four years ago, she also claims whistleblowers should be able to turn to investigators outside the force. Police Scotland’s internal investigation of officers has come under sustained criticism in recent years and Ms Frame said: “There is a discussion to be had about whether the police should investigate themselves. “I think that from the public’s position, they would feel an independent investigation which has not been undertaken by the police would be preferable.”
Man due in court over ‘attempted murder of two officers’
A man is due in court in connection with the attempted murder of two police officers who were injured in an alleged stabbing. Laura Sayer, 39, and Kenny MacKenzie, 43, were both seriously injured at a house in Gateside Gardens, Greenock, on Friday morning. Colleagues have praised the “incredible bravery” of the two officers, who were initially taken to the nearby Royal Inverclyde Hospital.
The public would prefer if Police Scotland were not left to investigate themselves, the head of the national force’s watchdog has said. Complaints about alleged misconduct by officers are dealt with internally by Police Scotland. However, if accusers are dissatisfied with the response they can apply to the Police Investigations & Review Commission, an independent body, to carry out a complaint handling review. Kate Frame, head of the commission, has mounted a series of inquiries into alleged misconduct and criminality involving Police Scotland officers. She has suggested that all allegations made against officers could be handled by independent investigators, rather than going through the police system first.
GANGSTERS are preying on the financial fears of pensioners to take over their homes for drug dealing and racketeering, a major new report has discovered. Organised criminals exploited concerns over the so-called ‘bedroom tax’ to effectively seize the spare rooms, sheds and garages of elderly tenants, sources told a major academic study.
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