20 July 2018

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Whistleblower will tell Holyrood of ‘financial abuses’ by top police

A whistleblower who claims that she was sidelined after raising concerns over potential financial misconduct within Police Scotland will give evidence to the Scottish parliament.

Amy McDonald, 45, is the former director of financial accountability with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA). She submitted a formal complaint after learning that Rose Fitzpatrick, then deputy chief constable, had asked for almost £70,000 in relocation expenses in a cash transfer, meaning it would not be taxed.


Scottish Advisory Group Recommends Establishment of Biometrics Commissioner, Rules for Police

Government authorities in Scotland have launched a public consultation on how police should handle biometric data, reports The Scotsman.

It’s the product of an Independent Advisory Group on biometrics established earlier this year, which has concluded that there should be formal rules concerning how such data is collected, stored, and disposed of. The matter would be overseen by a Scottish Biometrics Commissioner, whose jurisdiction would encompass various Scottish police authorities, and who would answer to the Scottish Parliament.


CASE WON Whistleblower who complained about Police Scotland chief Rose Fitzpatrick’s £70k relocation cash wins court battle after being ‘treated unlawfully’ by bosses

A WHISTLEBLOWER who complained about the £70k cash used to relocate Police Scotland chief Rose Fitzpatrick has won her court battle after being “treated unlawfully” by bosses.

Amy McDonald, 46, raised concerns over allegations of a gross misuse of public money involving senior Police Scotland members. Ms McDonald, who was the former director of financial accountability with the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), contacted the then Justice Secretary Michael Matheson after claiming her superiors failed to take claims of financial misconduct seriously.


Calls for undercover policing inquiry go before judge

A woman who claims she was spied on as a political activist is taking her campaign against undercover policing to the Court of Session.

A two-day judicial review brought by Tilly Gifford will look at calls for an independent public inquiry into undercover operations in Scotland.

It follows a decision by the Home Office not to extend their own inquiry.

“Secret” police units infiltrated activist groups, some forming long-term relationships and fathering children.

The Undercover Policing Inquiry, under retired judge Sir John Mitting, is currently examining the conduct of undercover Metropolitan Police officers in England and Wales.


Judge hears undercover police claims

The UK and Scottish governments have been accused of “passing the buck” over decisions not to hold a public inquiry into undercover policing in Scotland.  It came during a judicial review of the UK government’s refusal to extend an inquiry into undercover policing in England and Wales to Scotland. The Court of Session review also covers the Scottish government’s decision not to set up a separate inquiry. The case has been brought by environmental campaigner Tilly Gifford.


Police Scotland to welcome public for Dumbarton station open day

There will be something for residents of all ages at the Dumbarton Police Station open day this Saturday, as Police Scotland open its doors to welcome members of the public in a fund-raising celebration of the emergency services. The free event will include an array of emergency service teams will also be hosting, including: BTP Camera Enforcement, Police Scotland Mountain Rescue Team, the Scottish Fire Service (who will have a chip pan display), the Police Scotland Road Traffic Police, NHS Paramedics (car and motorbikes), Loch Lomond & the Trossachs Rangers and Trossachs Search and Rescue.


Police face ‘significant problems’ in handling of hate crimes, says report

Police forces in England and Wales need to tackle “significant problems” in the handling of hate crimes, according to a new report. The publication – compiled by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services – concluded that the police response in 89 out of the 180 hate crime cases it reviewed “wasn’t good enough.” The watchdog found that it took police an average of five days see 73 victims – and that 65 were not visited at all.  The report also noted that there were “sharp increases” in reported hate crimes following a number of specific events, including immediately after the Brexit vote and after the Westminster Bridge attack in March 2017.



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