8th May 2019

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8th May 2019

Police Scotland numbers at highest level since 2017

The number of police officers in Scotland has risen to its highest level since the end of 2017. Figures published by the Scottish government show there were 17,251 officers in the national force at the end of March. This represents an increase of 77 on the previous quarter. The numbers reflect the force’s decision to accelerate recruitment to deal with any uncertainty caused by the Brexit process. It means there are more than 1,000 officers over the total inherited by the SNP when it took office in 2007, although the party’s commitment to maintain that has now been dropped. In January Chief Constable Iain Livingstone told the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) up to 400 Scottish police officers could be deployed to deal with the consequences of Brexit.


Rise in number of police officers in Scotland, figures show

The number of police officers in Scotland has risen over the last year, according to official statistics. Between March 31, 2018 and March 31 this year, the number of full time equivalent (FTE) officers increased by 81, to a total of 17,251. The figures include a rise of 77 FTE officers in the last quarter from December 31 last year. Since March 2007, the number of FTE police officers in Scotland has risen by 1,017 from a total of 16,234. The numbers are however lower than the high of almost 17,500 FTE officers who were employed at the start of 2013.


Scottish rape victims must consent before mobile phone ‘strip searches’

Victims of crime will be asked to give their consent before handing over their phones for so-called “digital strip search” by controversial new police technology. Police Scotland has sought to allay concerns ahead of the rollout of new cyber-kiosks which harvest mobile phone data.


Police to review role of firearms officers over ‘routine’ call-outs

Police bosses are to look into the policy of sending armed officer to routine call-outs as reports reveal 5,000 firearms officers attended call-outs. But the Scottish Government’s community safety minister Ash Denham insisted that armed police are not “routinely” sent to everyday incidents and their attendance is proportionate. Scotland’s firearms officers attended 5,250 incidents that did not require an armed response, figures obtained by the BBC yesterday revealed. Ms Denham revealed that the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) is keeping the policy under review and will discuss the issue at their board meeting later this month.


Brexit drives increase in number of police deployed in Scotland

The number of police officers in Scotland has risen over the last year, according to official statistics. Between March 31, 2018, and March 31 this year, the number of full time equivalent (FTE) officers increased by 81, to a total of 17,251.


MSPs accused of ‘faking outrage’ after blasting gun cops’ attendance at thousands of incidents with no threat to life

MSPs were accused of faking outrage for blasting gun cops’ attendance at thousands of incidents with no threat to life. Armed officers resp¬onded to 5,250 call-outs in the last year including road crashes and missing person hunts, stats show.


Amazon, Tesco and Argos caught selling knives to underage teens amid Britain’s stabbing epidemic by BBC Watchdog

Amazon, Tesco and Argos have been caught selling knives to teens – at a time when Britain is in the grip of a stabbing epidemic. It is illegal for shops in England and Wales to sell knives with a fixed blade of more than three inches long to anyone under the age of 18.


‘Sensible’ for armed police to attend routine calls

The deployment of armed police officers to more than 5,000 routine incidents last year has been defended by the minister for community safety. Figures showing that Scotland’s firearms officers attended 5,250 incidents that did not require an armed response were criticised by John Finnie, an MSP and former police officer.


‘Legalise drug use now to prevent a health emergency’

Drug use should be decriminalised and benefit cuts reversed to address the “public health emergency” of substance abuse in Scotland, experts said. Deaths are thought to have reached a record of more than 1,000 last year — the highest in Europe — and Westminster’s justice and welfare policies are partly to blame, MPs were told. The Scottish affairs committee heard evidence yesterday of users injecting dangerous doses in dark alleys immediately after purchase for fear of being searched by police and swallowing fistfuls of pills to prolong their high.


Case for drug consumption room in Glasgow among ‘strongest in Europe’

Glasgow has one of the strongest cases in Europe for introducing a drug consumption facility in the city centre, it has been suggested. MPs at Westminster’s Scottish Affairs Committee on Tuesday heard from researchers from universities in Scotland as part of an inquiry into drug abuse in the country.


Ministers defend sending armed police to routine call-outs

Ministers have defended the deployment of armed police officers to more than 5000 routine incidents last year amid concerns at Holyrood. Community safety minister Ash Denham said allowing armed officers to attend routine calls was a “sensible use of police time”.


Scottish Parliament approves change to age of criminal responsibility

Holyrood voted unanimously yesterday to pass legislation which will prevent primary school-age children from being treated as criminals. MSPs backed a new law raising the age of criminal responsibility from the current age of eight – one of the lowest in the world – to 12 years old.


Age of criminal responsibility in Scotland raised to 12

Scotland’s age of criminal responsibility has been raised from eight to 12 years after a controversial vote in Holyrood, which saw the government blasted for undermining the Scottish Parliament’s right to claim leadership on human rights issues. The Scottish Government says the legislation will see Scotland lead the way in the UK in terms of ending the treatment of children under the age of 12 as criminals when an offence is committed. The age of criminal responsibility (ACR) in the rest of the UK is ten years.



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