More than 100 police officers are to be drafted in to man an Orange Order march in Fife headed by DUP leader Arlene Foster. Beefed-up security arrangements have been made by Police Scotland for the parade on Saturday in Cowdenbeath. A stern warning was also issued by the force that sectarian behaviour would not be tolerated. Around 4,000 marchers are expected to take part in the annual Battle of the Boyne anniversary celebration for the East of Scotland.
The collection of firearms surrendered by members of the public also includes 18 rifles – nine of them air rifles – and an air pistol. A Police Scotland spokesman said: “A mix of ammunition for firearms, shotguns and air weapons has also been surrendered.” The amnesty began last Monday allowing people in possession of firearms and ammunition for which they do not hold a valid certificate to surrender them to police without any fear of prosecution.
Two new cops will hit the beat in school corridors at Queen Margaret and Girvan Academy. The move means every South Ayrshire secondary will have their own campus cop. Police officers will also be equipped with computer equipment at school to ensure they don’t have to keep popping back to the station to check crime reports. It is hoped they will be ready to start for the new term time in August. Chief Inspector Gary I’Anson, area commander for South Ayrshire said: “Our campus officers play a crucial role in the engagement and partnership work we carry out with young people and the benefits are far reaching.
THE head of an English police force who introduced ‘yoga days’ for officers to improve their “spiritual and emotional well-being” has applied to be Scotland‘s next Chief Constable. Bill Skelly, the chief constable of Lincolnshire Police, who is a former Lothian and Borders police officer, has emerged as a contender for the £216,549-a-year job at Police Scotland.
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