27th November 2019

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27th November 2019

Report highlights stress, exhaustion and depression among police

THE levels of stress, exhaustion and depression among police officers in Scotland have been highlighted in a new study from a Canadian academic. Research by professor Linda Duxbury, from Carleton University in Ottawa, was sponsored by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) and surveyed officers across six Scottish divisions over May, June and September this year. It found two-thirds of officers (67%) said they experienced stress daily as a result of having to deal with multiple competing demands simultaneously, and 64% said they suffered stress each day due to the number of calls they receive and a lack of resources to respond to them all.

https://www.thenational.scot/news/18061923.report-highlights-stress-exhaustion-depression-among-police/

Report reveals two-thirds of Scots cops ‘experience stress’ on the beat

The stress, exhaustion and depression experienced by police in Scotland has been highlighted in research compiled by a Canadian academic. The study by Professor Linda Duxbury, from Carleton University in Ottawa, was sponsored by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) and surveyed officers in six divisions across Scotland in May, June and September this year.

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/report-reveals-two-thirds-scots-20967507

ROBOSPOT ‘Terrifying’ robot dog Spot used for the first time in US police bomb squad raid

A US police bomb squad have been quietly using creepy robot dogs for the first time. It is believed the bots —which are capable of opening doors and navigating obstacles — have already been deployed during live incidents. Massachusetts State Police has spent the past three months testing “Spot” robot dogs, made by Boston Dynamics, alongside some of its officers. A police spokesman said the robot was being used as a “mobile remote observation device” to monitor suspicious activity.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/5000056/terrifying-robot-dog-spot-used-for-the-first-time-in-us-police-bomb-squad-raid/

Crime stats snapshot: Murders rise and rapes fall

Murders are up but rapes are down, according to the latest snapshot of Scottish crime. New figures show broadly steady numbers for both sexual and non-sexual violence for April to September of this year, compared to the same period of last year. However, this relatively stable picture suggests an end to two of the most important crime trends of the last decade: rising sexual offending and falling violence.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18061911.crime-stats-snapshot-murders-rise-rapes-fall/

Stress and exhaustion experienced by Scots police officers highlighted in new research

The stress, exhaustion and depressed mood experienced by police officers in Scotland has been highlighted in new research compiled by a Canadian academic. The research by Professor Linda Duxbury from Carleton University in Ottawa was sponsored by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) and surveyed officers in six divisions across Scotland in May, June and September this year. It found almost four in five officers (79 per cent) from just under 3,000 responses reported a lack of officers or staff to do work caused daily stress or stress several times each week, while 56 per cent of officers at all ranks said they either rarely or never received an uninterrupted break at work. That figure rose to 80 per cent for officers who are at or above the rank of inspector.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/stress-and-exhaustion-experienced-by-scots-police-officers-highlighted-in-new-research-1-5052422

Rape victims face 10 month wait for help in the Borders

Radio Borders News can reveal rape victims in the Borders are having to wait up to 10 months for help. “Year on year we manage to secure funding to recruit more staff, but we still can’t meet the demand on the service. So, at this moment in time, we’re supporting 111 survivors and, unfortunately, just over 30 of those are on our waiting list for support.” That’s Susie Stein from the Scottish Borders Rape Crisis Centre. She was speaking at a rally in Hawick last night (Monday), which is demanding an end to violence against women.

https://planetradio.co.uk/borders/local/news/rape-victims-face-10-month-for-wait-help-in-the-borders-2/

SICK FORCE Police Scotland: Most cops ‘mentally and physically unwell’ at work – turning to drink and prescription drugs ‘to cope’

Most cops go to work “mentally and physically unwell” and many are turning to booze or prescription drugs as a “coping mechanism”, a shock study has found. The disturbing findings were revealed today from a major study at stretched Police Scotland, where rising levels of sick leave have emerged against a backdrop of budget cuts. Independent researchers found nearly three-quarters of cops went to work while “physically unwell” in the past six months – and over a third while “mentally unwell”. And the study – due to be published in full in the coming weeks – suggested one in ten of Scotland’s 17,000 officers drink alcohol or take prescription drugs “as a coping mechanism”. Scottish Police Federation general secretary Calum Steele said: “The initial results led researchers to consider that many of Scotland’s police officers are neither physically or mentally well.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/4997186/police-scotland-officers-unwell-study/

Scottish police officers struggling with depression, exhaustion and stress, new study finds

The stress, exhaustion and depressed mood experienced by police officers in Scotland has been highlighted in new research compiled by a Canadian academic.
The research by Professor Linda Duxbury from Carleton University in Ottawa was sponsored by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) and surveyed officers in six divisions across Scotland in May, June and September this year.
It found almost four in five officers from just under 3,000 responses reported a lack of officers or staff to do work caused daily stress or stress several times each week, while 56 per cent of officers at all ranks said they either rarely or never received an uninterrupted break at work.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/18060618.scottish-police-officers-struggling-depression-exhaustion-stress-new-study-finds/

Police-backed campaign to stop drinks being spiked is waste of time, say Fife licensees

A Police Scotland-backed campaign which aims to stop drinks being spiked has been branded a waste of time and effort, by members of Fife’s Licensing Forum. Police Scotland’s Fife division is supporting a new initiative by the nationwide Girls Against Spiking group which has seen thousands of specially-developed coasters distributed to every division across Scotland. They will distribute the beer mats, which are designed to sit on top of glasses to stop someone slipping drugs into a person’s drink, to licensed premises across the region. Doubt has now been cast on the effectiveness of the move by licensed trade representatives in Fife, who fear it will send out the wrong message.

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/1028846/police-backed-campaign-to-stop-drinks-being-spiked-is-waste-of-time-say-fife-licensees/

Scotland’s first heroin assisted treatment service opens in Glasgow

A new £1.2m facility to treat drug addiction with pharmaceutical grade heroin has been opened in Glasgow, the first of its kind in Scotland. The pilot scheme, titled the Enhanced Drug Treatment Service (EDTS), will aim to reduce the risk of overdoses, stop the spread of blood-borne viruses like HIV and help reduce the amount of people injecting drugs in public. The facility is licensed by the Home Office and delivered by Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP). It is expected to treat up to 20 patients in its first year and up to 40 patients in the second year. The centre will operate between 9am and 5pm daily, with services delivered by a specialist multi-disciplinary team, supported by other health and social care services.

https://www.holyrood.com/news/view,scotlands-first-heroin-assisted-treatment-service-opens-in-glasgow_14788.htm

 

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