22nd August 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

22nd August 2019

Trio of female commanders named as lead police team for Solheim Cup

It is the biggest competition in women’s golf, so when the Solheim Cup gets underway at Gleneagles, it is entirely appropriate that the police command team will also be an all-female affair. Chief Superintendents Sharon Milton and Suzie Mertes, and Superintendent Maggie Pettigrew will take control of safety proceedings at the tournament next month. It will be the first time such a major event has been overseen by an entirely female command team.


Rape victims feel let down by Scottish justice system, study finds

Victims of rape and sexual assault in Scotland do not feel like justice has been served even if the person accused goes to jail, a study has found. Researchers from the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research (SCCJR) interviewed 17 people who reported allegations of rape or serious sexual assault, and they found none of them felt justice had been achieved. The victims argued the time taken by the justice system, administrative errors and poor communication from the police and courts led to a negative feeling about the handling of their cases.


No-deal Brexit could disrupt police co-operation – report

The study, by three academics for a north-south committee set up to monitor human rights under the 1998 Belfast Agreement, warns that the UK crashing out of the EU without a deal could cause considerable disruption to extradition arrangements on the island of Ireland and between the State and the UK. The report, entitled Evolving Justice Arrangements Post-Brexit, presents a series of disruptions and complications to existing justice and security arrangements that would affect continued policing and law enforcement on the island of Ireland should the UK crash out of the EU at the end of October.


Police Scotland might have to axe 750 officers to balance books

Police Scotland faces slashing up to 750 frontline officers to balance its books next year, senior officers have warned. Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said the coming months would place “potentially acute and unprecedented demands on policing”. He currently has more than 17,200 officers but that will have to be cut to less than 16,500 to reduce the force’s financial deficit. The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) called for urgent talks with the Scottish Government to discuss the looming crisis.


700 police officers to be cut in Scotland

Police numbers in Scotland face a cut of over 700 officers, Channel 4 News has been told.
Police Scotland’s deputy chief constable, Will Kerr, said its budget was “incompatible” with maintaining officer numbers at the present level. DCC Kerr said the cut of around 4% in officer numbers would come into effect as the force prepares for what it calls an “exceptional” operational environment, including responding to a potential no-deal Brexit and the possibility of civil unrest.


Jailing addicts and dealers ‘not winning the war on drugs’ in Dundee, claims councillor

Small-time drug dealers and addicts should be treated as victims and kept out of jail, a Dundee councillor has said. Craig Duncan, Scottish Liberal Democrat councillor for Broughty Ferry, said people who are selling drugs to fund their own habits should be treated leniently so resources can be directed towards catching drug barons at the top of the chain. His comments came in the aftermath of the Dundee Drugs Commission’s report into services in the city. There were 66 drug-related deaths in Dundee in 2018.


Prison chief’s warning as Scots inmate numbers hit record high

A rise in convictions for serious crimes, including historic sexual offences, and an end to automatic early release have driven Scotland’s prison population to a record high. An increase of 709 inmates, between March last year and this, was equivalent to one additional large prison, according to the Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland.



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