West Dunbartonshire’s Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) are “one big happy family” as they work to strengthen relationships between cops and teens. And exiting volunteer Connor McPhail and parents Alda and Stuart can’t praise the organisation enough. The 17-year-old Vale of Leven Academy pupil has enjoyed three years with the programme which his dad Stuart claims has brought him “out his shell”. Connor was at Police HQ at Garshake on Friday meeting one of the region’s top cops in honour of his service.
Yousaf urged to ditch predecessor’s police merger
THE new SNP Justice Secretary is being urged to drop one of his predecessor’s most controversial proposals. Humza Yousaf, who replaced Michael Matheson in the justice brief in Tuesday’s reshuffle, was pressed to reconsider the merger of British Transport Police and Police Scotland.
Almost 90 firearms handed into north-east police as part of gun amnesty
Almost 90 weapons were given to officers in the past 10 days as part of the force’s national Gun Surrender campaign. Police took in 48 air rifles, 11 air pistols, 12 shotguns, two rifles, two pistols and 12 imitation or deactivated firearms. The north-east has about 13,000 firearm and shotgun certificate holders, the second highest total in Scotland. Inspector Mark McLaughlin has been responsible for the division’s firearms licensing department since November 2013.
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