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Police Scotland support the ‘Oor Wullie’ big bucket trail
Police Scotland is supporting the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail, which is taking place across the country this summer, with its very own PC Murdoch challenge. The Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail is a nationwide art trail with 200 life-size statues of Scottish icon “Oor Wullie” installed across five cities. It is being held to raise awareness and vital funds for all of Scotland’s children’s hospital charities which help to provide the best possible care for half a million babies, children and young people each year. Together The ARCHIE Foundation, Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity and Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity, in partnership and association with DC Thomson Media and Wild in Art, have created the Oor Wullie Big Bucket Trail. This will be the biggest event of its kind ever to take place in Scotland, and the first time that all three children’s hospitals in Scotland will unite for the same purpose. Police Scotland is partnering with the trail by taking on the PC Murdoch Challenge, featuring the famous police officer who tries to keep Oor Wullie on the straight and narrow. This will see our very own half-size Oor Wullie statue, designed in the style of PC Murdoch, travelling all round Scotland to each of our 13 Divisions. His mission is to travel to as many iconic and distant locations as possible, in order to recognise the national work carried out by the three main charities.
Solicitor Michelle Macleod to be new Police Investigations and Review Commissioner
Michelle Macleod has been appointed as the new Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC). Mrs Macleod, who is currently Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector for the Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland, will take up her new role on 17 August 2019. The PIRC conducts independent investigations into serious incidents involving the police and independent scrutiny of the way policing organisations in Scotland, including Police Scotland and the Scottish Police Authority, respond to complaints from the public. Mrs Macleod will succeed current commissioner Kate Frame, who announced in February she was stepping down at the end of her five-year term.
Police bolster sex crime team as rape detection rates plummet in Angus
Police Scotland’s sexual crime team in Angus has been restructured after the number of rape cases “detected” fell by more than half. Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd ordered a review of the team’s capacity after concerns were expressed about performance in the area. A total of 63 rapes and attempted rapes were reported in Angus in the 2018/19 financial year. Only 22 of those were categorised at detected, according to newly published figures. Victims reported 72 such crimes the previous year, with 48 detected.
Sexual crimes in general increased from 327 to 364 over the period, a jump of around 11%.
Tributes paid to ‘one of most well-known’ Fife police officers following death
Tributes have been paid to a former Fife detective chief inspector, who has passed away.
Andrew ‘Girdy’ Girdwood served Fife Constabulary and Police Scotland for 30 years, and spent much of his career in CID. Chief Superintendent Derek McEwan said Mr Girdwood had carved out a reputation as not only an “outstanding detective” but a “witty, energetic and genuine personality who influenced the lives and careers of so many officers”. “Andy is considered as one of the most well-known and universally well regarded officers in Fife policing history,” he said. “He left a lasting impression with anyone who had the opportunity to work with him and, more often than not, he would also leave them with a story to tell. “Such was Andy’s passion for policing and public service that it inspired the next generation with his son proudly following his dad’s footsteps as a detective constable in Fife Division of Police Scotland.
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