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External force to examine ‘unprofessional’ police conduct
Police Scotland have requested that another force examine “unprofessional” conduct within the former Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said he would ask the external force to peer review an internal Police Scotland investigation which has taken place. The development was revealed in papers going before Wednesday’s Scottish Police Authority board. The misconduct relates to issues raised in a civil claim by a former officer. A judge agreed that the officer, referred to as Mrs K, had not been fairly treated by the force after raising concerns that a colleague had compromised covert operations.
External force to carry out review of ‘unprofessional’ police conduct
Police Scotland has asked an external force to conduct a review following claims of “unprofessional” conduct within the now-defunct Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (SCDEA). Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said the independent peer review, which follows a recent internal review, would be carried out by a force with “significant” experience in covert policing. The details are contained in a paper presented by the Chief Constable ahead of Wednesday’s meeting of the Scottish Police Authority board.
Armed officers a ‘success’ after 7,000 routine call outs
The chief constable of Police Scotland has said the decision to deploy armed officers to routine calls is a “success” after it emerged they attended more than 7,000 such incidents in the past year. The role of Armed Response Vehicle (ARV) officers was extended last May, overturning an earlier commitment only to deploy armed officers to firearms incidents or those where there was a threat to life. Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said armed officers had attended more than 4,400 firearms-related incidents alongside more than 7,000 “conventional” deployments for incidents such as missing person inquiries and road traffic accidents. And he said there were calls from armed officers to attend more routine incidents. In an update to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA), Mr Livingstone said: “It appears that qualitative and quantitative evidence suggests the Armed Policing Deployment Model (ADPM) changes have been a success.
Violent crimes in Scotland rise by 10 per cent
The number of violent crimes recorded by Police Scotland has risen by 10 per cent, according to new figures. The number of murders, attempted murders and serious assaults all increased in the year to 31 March. Non-sexual crimes of violence totalled 8,008, up from 7,268 in the year before – a 10.2 per cent increase. Sexual crimes rose by 7.3 per cent to 13,457. The single force said it was detecting the equivalent of 90 extra crimes a week compared to the previous year. Attempted murders rose by 23.5 per cent to 310.
Reports of sex assaults and rapes in Edinburgh on the rise according to Police Scotland figures
Sex attacks reported in the Capital are one the rise – driven by historical abuse cases. Sexual assaults were up more than a quarter (28.5 per cent) from 307 to 388 on the previous year, according to Police Scotland figures. Rapes were also up by 14.9 per cent, from 194 to 223 – with around half of cases dating back over a year.
Police report shows Glasgow’s violent crime numbers continue to rise
The number of violent crimes across Glasgow has continued to rise, according to a Police Scotland report. The city of Glasgow saw more recorded crimes than any other area in Scotland. Between April 2018 and March 2019, nearly 20,000 offences were committed in Glasgow, more than 8,000 more than any other council area. In terms of non-sexual violent offences, the city again had the highest number of any local authority in Scotland.
More than 300 of such offences were recorded by Police Scotland in their latest statistics as taking place in the city centre, more than double any other ward in Glasgow.
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