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RIOT POLL-ICERiot cops deployed at Scots polling stations amid fears Euro elections could spark angry flare-ups Riot cops will be deployed at Scots polling stations amid fears today’s Euro elections could spark flare-ups. Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr said 100 officers in four squads will be...

Chief demands review into Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency Scotland’s top cop has called for a review into the old Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. Iain Livingstone has told the Scottish Police Authority that he wants an outside force to investigate the disbanded undercover unit. https://www.thenational.scot/news/17655016.chief-demands-review-into-crime-and-drug-enforcement-agency/ Number of...

External force to examine ‘unprofessional’ police conduct Police Scotland have requested that another force examine “unprofessional” conduct within the former Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency. Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said he would ask the external force to peer review an internal Police Scotland investigation which...

Police urged to abandon facial recognition scans Police Scotland has been urged to abandon its pursuit of facial recognition software after San Francisco city leaders ruled that it was “incompatible with a healthy democracy”. Facial recognition is part of Police Scotland’s 2026 strategy to modernise the...

Smacking ban is backed by Holyrood committee despite concerns it will criminalise good parents Highland MSP John Finnie’s bid to outlaw smacking has been backed by an influential Holyrood committee despite concerns it would criminalise loving parents. A majority of the seven MSPs on the Equalities...

Police watchdog to review progress on football policing in Scotland A watchdog is to examine progress made by Police Scotland following an independent review of football policing. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary in Scotland (HMICS) will examine what steps have been taken by the force to...

Allegations of misconduct against senior police officers before 2018-19 were dismissed as irrelevant and only a fraction were referred to the complaints watchdog, figures reveal. Senior officers had previously faced 363 allegations since 2013, when Police Scotland came into being, but just 39 were deemed...

MINISTERS have rejected concerns over a huge rise in cases against parents if a ban on smacking is brought in. Critics have said research from Wales shows that if the defence of reasonable chastisement is removed there could be an estimated 1,370 smacking allegations recorded in...

Campaigners call for fireworks ban as 16,000 respond to Scottish Government consultation Campaigners are calling for a ban on fireworks across Scotland after 16,000 people responded to a Scottish Government consultation on the topic. Thee consultation, which closes today, calls for views on whether fireworks should...