Kirkcaldy court changes hailed – but no timescale put on justice centre plan
Mid Scotland and Fife Labour MSP Claire Baker has called on the Scottish Government to commit to the plan to extend Kirkcaldy Police Station – and come up with appropriate funding — sooner rather than later. Holyrood has welcomed the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service’s planning application but no firm timescales have been drawn up. Mrs Baker, who has been campaigning for a justice centre in Kirkcaldy since 2012, said the government had managed to find more than £20 million for a similar project for Inverness.
Call for action to address rural Perthshire police shortage
The shortage at Blairgowrie was revealed during a meeting of community councillors despite a Police Scotland policy never to publicly discuss numbers. Two officers were at the talks on Thursday evening to discuss local issues. Councillor Bob Brawn, who also attended, said they were at that point the only two officers on duty for the local area which covers the 8,000 population town and surrounding villages and countryside as far north as Pitlochry. The Courier understands there are usually six officers in the area, but that evening other members of the team were off sick, while at least one was drafted to cover the visit of US President Donald Trump.
Whistleblower awarded £7k in police watchdog case
A former director turned whistleblower at Scotland’s police watchdog has been awarded more than £7,000 by an employment tribunal after it ruled she had suffered injury to her feelings as part of a grievance appeal. Amy McDonald, a former director of financial accountability at the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), claimed there was “significant wrongdoing” and “gross misuse of public resources” at the public body, which helps set the £1 billion annual Police Scotland budget. Ms McDonald, who sat on the SPA’s finance and audit committees, claims she was sidelined from meetings after alerting senior SPA figures to the potential misuse of public funds.
Whistleblower smeared after questioning police payment
A whistleblower who raised concerns over claims of gross misuse of public money involving senior members of Police Scotland was treated unlawfully by her employers, a tribunal has found. Amy McDonald, 45, the former director of financial accountability with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), contacted Michael Matheson, when he was justice secretary, after claiming that her superiors had failed to take her financial misconduct claims seriously.
‘Pressing need’ for new UK cyber security strategy, report reveals
The UK Government has “no real sense of the scale” of cyber security problems – and does not know how to tackle them, MPs and peers say. A report released today says there is an “acute scarcity” of the skilled professionals needed to prevent a repeat of the WannaCry attack that hit the NHS in May last year. Described as the biggest ransomware attack ever conducted, the incident saw computers and their files locked to users who had unwittingly opened emails containing malware.
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