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Senior police ‘too cosy’ with their oversight body
The relationship between the leadership of Police Scotland and its oversight body is “too cosy” when it comes to investigating misconduct, a former Lord Advocate has told MSPs. Dame Elish Angiolini QC said an independent panel chaired by a legally-appointed person should initially consider complaints, not the Scottish Police Authority, and investigate all gross misconduct allegations against officers.
Police Scotland rolls out new mobile tech
Police Scotland has launched its mobility programme, equipping officers with Samsung mobile phones and a digital notebook app to use on the beat. Officers in Dundee, Perth, Kinross and Angus are the first to start using the devices, which enable them to log into a number of police systems, including the Police National Computer, and email. A spokesperson said that by spring of next year they should be made available to every response officer and community police officer and staff with an operational role.
MAN BITES DOG
Brute battered cop and police dog with metal pole in Ayrshire before biting hole through pooch’s ear after he attacked ex
A brutal thug battered a cop and a police dog with a metal pole before biting the animal’s ear in a vicious attack after it chased him for attacking his ex in Ayrshire. Jamie O’Neill, 33, fled the scene in Kilwinning on March 26 after the assault when he was chased by cops alongside PD Remo.
Reconviction rate in Scotland remains at lowest level in 20 years
A quarter of offenders in Scotland commit another crime within a year of their previous conviction, the joint lowest level on record in 20 years. Just over a quarter of offenders (27.2%) were reconvicted within a year in 2016-2017, official figures published today have revealed. It means the average number of reconvictions per offender – a measure of how often offenders are reconvicted – was 0.48 during that period. Both figures are the same as they were for the previous period in 2015-2016. Justice secretary Humza Yousaf said he hoped MSPs will back proposed reforms to increase the use of community-focused sentences.
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