5th June 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

Drug-dealing gangsters one step ahead of police due to technology

Criminal gangs are using social media to deal drugs while exploiting high levels of mistrust in the police to bring misery to some of Scotland’s poorest communities. A major report on serious organised crime carried out on behalf of the Scottish Government found a network of criminal gangs intervening in local disputes and using intimidation to prevent members of the public from speaking to law enforcement.


To beat drug gangs, we must tackle the root causes

In recent weeks there has been considerable media attention given to the apparent re-emergence of gang violence in Glasgow. But the groups involved are not the gangs of the 1990s/2000s which were characterised by territorial behaviour, recreational violence and knife crime. Rather, these gangs have since evolved and as such are more akin to those gangs found in North America and on the streets of Chicago, where profit is the name of the game, drugs are the currency, and guns the bargaining chips. These gangs are increasingly violent, ever more sophisticated, and can operate from behind prison walls. According to recent reports by Police Scotland, while the overall number of Serious Organised Crime Groups (SOCGs) have fallen in the past two years, the danger that remaining active groups now pose to the public is greater than ever.



Man charged with attempted murder after two police officers injured in Greenock

A man has been charged with attempted murder after two police officers sustained injuries in Greenock. Constables Kenny MacKenzie, 43, and Laura Sayer, 39, were seriously injured when they were allegedly attacked by a man with a knife. William Taylor, 43, appeared at Greenock Sheriff Court today charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of assault to severe injury and two counts of permanent disfigurement. Taylor, from Greenock, was also charged with obstructing police and threatening behaviour.


SPA issues tender for Police Scotland integrated communications system

The Scottish Police Authority has published a tender under which it plans to procure a £4.6m National Integrated Communication Control System (ICCS) for Police Scotland. The procurement, which was signalled in Police Scotland’s Annual Police Plan for 2018/19, will provide a single National ICCS platform to standardise technology and process. The move, for the force’s Contact, Command and Control (C3) division, is intended to help develop a public engagement and access strategy as part of the planned Policing 2026 change portfolio with a goal of ensuring that C3 delivers at the first point of contact, resolving enquiries in the most appropriate manner.


Home Office endorses drug ‘fix room’ – but will not let it be set up

The Home Office has admitted a “fix room” could ease drug problems in Scotland‘s biggest city – but will not allow authorities to set it up. Officials said allowing the planned drug consumption room (DCR) in Glasgow to go ahead would risk problems for police outwith Scotland. The claim is based on the situation in Danish capital Copenhagen. Officials said some users travel from Sweden to use the medically-supervised facilities.

In a letter to Glasgow City Council, the Home Office wrote: “It is therefore a concern that the creation of a DCR in one part of the UK may pose difficult law enforcement questions for police forces other than the one hosting the facility.”



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