3rd January 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

3rd January 2019

False fire alarm calls costing £1m a year to north of Scotland hospitals

Firefighters across the Highlands and Islands, Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen attended a staggering 2,693 unnecessary “blue-light” calls since 2013. There were 991 false alarms in the Highlands and Islands – where Raigmore in Inverness is the largest hospital – and 1,383 in Aberdeen – where Foresterhill is the biggest. Crews are legally required to attend all unwanted calls – described as a “drain on resources” – potentially taking them from a real emergency.


Police Scotland spending virtually £1m a 12 months hiring autos

Police Scotland have spent £2.8 million hiring vehicles for special events in the last three years, research has found. The force rented 10,833 vehicles in the last year, up from 6,609 in 2015-16 according to a Freedom of Information request by the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Costing £950,698.22 in 2017/18, the police have defended the spending and argue that short-term hire is cheaper than buying and maintaining the vehicles used for major events. Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said: “Police Scotland maintains a fleet of more than 3,500 vehicles, almost all of which are in constant use to keep the people of Scotland safe.


Security fears as police officers ‘lose’ sensitive data stored on laptops

Police security breaches – including the loss of potentially sensitive information held on laptops – have soared nearly 55% in a year. These were also ‘unauthorised disclosures’ of confidential material among 105 cases logged by the Scottish Police Authority, figures show.


£150,000 bill for vaping kits for Scottish prisoners

Around 7,500 vaping kits have been handed out to inmates following a smoking ban in prisons, at a cost of around £150,000, it has emerged. A nationwide ban on lighting up in Scottish jails came into force in November.



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