27 Jun 27th June 2019
More information needed on post-Brexit policing, say MSPs
MSPs have called for greater clarity from the Scottish and UK Governments. MSPs have called for greater clarity from the Scottish and UK Governments over how criminal justice and policing matters will be handled post-Brexit. In a report published by Holyrood’s Justice Committee on Thursday, it states further information on policing arrangements in the event of a no-deal scenario must be published by the UK Government “without delay”.
East Kilbride police officers assaulted once every four days, figures reveal
Shock figures have revealed that a police officer is assaulted once every four days in East Kilbride and Avondale. Alarming statistics obtained by the East Kilbride News through a Freedom of Information Act request showed there were 96 attacks on our cops in the line of duty in the last year. Paul Connelly, West Area Committee chair of the Scottish Police Federation, which looks after the welfare and represents the interests of Scotland’s police officers, said: “I am disgusted at the number of officers who are being assaulted; I am disgusted at the lack of support shown by the criminal justice system to the men and women who are attacked whilst trying to keep communities safe.
Scottish Police Authority chairwoman calls for reform to stop watchdog being ‘weak and ineffective’
Police Scotland’s civilian watchdog will remain “weak” and ineffective without potentially controversial reforms, its chairwoman has warned. Susan Deacon said that the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) was still not fit for purpose to scrutinise the UK’s second biggest police force and must change dramatically but that “the jury is still out” on whether this could be achieved within the current structure. The former Labour minister complained that she did not have the autonomy to make the changes required because the police watchdog is still subject to “considerable criticism . . . negativity and hostility” as a result of the failings of previous administrations.
Mentally ill ‘are mopped up by police’
Mentally ill people are being “mopped up” by police due to a chronic shortage of support for psychiatric conditions. Police Scotland are to survey staff to find out how much time they are spending on psychiatric cases that should be dealt with by the health service.
The move comes amid rising waiting times for mental health services, and the highest suicide rate in five years. Iain Livingstone the chief constable, yesterday said that “a significant proportion of our calls relate to an element of mental health and distress”.
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