9th May 2019

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9th May 2019

Thousands of Police Scotland rest days cancelled for events

More than 6,000 officer rest days were cancelled in just one police division last year to cover events such as football matches and parades. A review carried out by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) found Police Scotland has a proven track record of ensuring public events are safe and cause with minimal disorder, despite inconsistencies across the country in how they are managed and resourced. But it said more than 1,450 officers in the Greater Glasgow division were affected by having more than one rest day cancelled in 2018 in order to police 240 events in the city. The watchdog said that resulted in 6,257 rest days being cancelled, ultimately impacting on the service provided to the public as days off have to be given at a later date.


Seven people in Glasgow reported for new ‘psychological abuse’ law

Seven men in Glasgow have been reported to prosecutors for psychological abuse since ground-breaking new laws were introduced. The Scottish act covers not just physical abuse, but psychological and emotional treatment and coercive and controlling behaviour, where abusers isolate victims from loved ones or control their finances. Today we can exclusively reveal nine domestic abuse cases have been raised for criminal proceedings in the city since the legislation came into place – including seven for the new offence.


Officers say supervising major events has an impact on community policing

A report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) highlighted concerns about the allocation of police resources to events and confusion over planning.
HMICS said there were 6,600 policed events in Scotland last year, ranging from President Donald Trump’s visit to sporting fixtures, concerts, parades and processions. The report concluded the events were delivered safely, but added: “Officers and staff are concerned about the volume of events and report a negative impact on their ability to deliver policing in their communities.” Officers were committed and professional, but the different ways of identifying who should attend events used across Scotland had an impact on efficiency.
Police Scotland charges for providing support at some bigger events, but the report said the money recovered by the force did not reflect the costs incurred.


Safety course will help save lives of motorcyclists on north-east’s roads

A course aimed at saving the lives of motorcyclists is to take place in the north-east this weekend. Police Scotland is laying on the Rider Refinement North course in Inverurie on Saturday and Sunday to teach bikers how to think safe on the road. Led by police motorcyclists, the one-day course looks at risk factors on local roads and includes demonstration rides. Police will also film riders out on the roads and provide feedback to them afterwards.


‘Alarming’ scale of police officers suffering from PTSD revealed

Nearly one in five police officers and staff suffer with a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a landmark study suggests. Experts have warned of a “clinical and public sector crisis” after a survey of nearly 17,000 serving officers and operational staff indicated rates of PTSD were nearly five times higher than the wider population. Carried out by a team at the University of Cambridge, the research’s early findings also suggest that two thirds of those suffering from the disorder were unaware they had the condition.



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