7th June 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

7th June 2019

Police Scotland crackdown on adults buying alcohol for kids in Glasgow

Adults who buy booze for children are asking for a fine of up to £5000 or even a jail term – and cops are watching them. That’s the message from a hard hitting new city-wide campaign that will see police work with retailers to crack down on the crime. A pilot project saw cuts of up to 41 per cent in targeted areas of the city and the You’re Asking For It scheme will be rolled out city-wide. PC Simon Roy, a constable working with the licensing department, said: “We managed to build up great cooperation with the retailers and from the reports received there was great progress in reducing the availability of alcohol to young people.


Police officers forced to use old cells as changing rooms at run-down station

Stirling police officers have had to use a former prisoners’ cell complex for changing and shower facilities over recent months due to the condition of the station’s locker room. The state of the facilities at the Randolphfield police office , where more than 100 officers are based, was highlighted last week by the Scottish Police Federation. It was among a number of police facilities across the country identified by the federation as being in poor condition. The organisation represents ranks which include constables, sergeants, inspectors and chief inspectors.


Peterhead’s new police station could open early next year

A long-awaited new police station in Peterhead could be open by early next year. Work on the station, which will be a £1.5million expansion of Buchan House, began last month.
And yesterday, Superintendent Kate Stephen told members of Aberdeenshire Council’s communities committee that the project was on track to be opened early next year. The new building has been designed to future-proof the police’s presence in Peterhead and the wider Buchan area, and will replace the existing Merchant Street base which has been deemed “no longer fit for purpose”.

Peterhead’s new police station could open early next year

Police Scotland to change the way calls are assessed

The way 999 and 101 calls are assessed in Scotland is set to change with a new system being put in place by the police. Police Scotland says it is moving away from a “one size fits all” approach. Frontline staff and police officers are undergoing specialist training to enable them to make an enhanced assessment of threat, risk, harm and vulnerability to and of callers.


Fundraiser launched for police officer left with ‘life-changing’ injuries after being struck by car

A fundraising page has been set up to support a Police Scotland officer who was left seriously injured after a road traffic collision. PC Phil Hedge-Holmes suffered life-changing injuries after being struck by a Vauxhall Corsa on London Road in Glasgow last Friday. The 45-year-old, who has been with the force for almost five years, was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by ambulance at around 11am. He suffered extensive injuries to his leg and remains in hospital undergoing treatment.


Police Scotland are changing how they handle 999 and 101 calls

The way 999 and 101 calls are made in Scotland is set to change with a new assessment system being put in place by police. Under the new system, information provided by someone calling either number will be used to determine the most appropriate and proportionate police response in each individual case. Call handlers will make an enhanced assessment of threat, risk, harm and vulnerability while there are broader response options in what police say is moving away from a “one size fits all” approach. These include officers scheduling appointments at mutually convenient time with the caller or even issues being resolved over the phone.



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