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‘Gold card’ promise of immediate healthcare welcomed by top police officer A senior Tayside police officer has welcomed the idea of a so-called gold card giving people in crisis “immediate” healthcare treatment. Suzie Mertes, Superintendent for the Tayside division of Police Scotland, said officers were often...

Legal fees to push cost of police hacking kiosks past £700,000 The cost of Police Scotland’s shelved phone hacking devices is expected to rise again as the cash-strapped force is considering hiring independent lawyers to prove that they do not breach privacy laws. The force spent...

Police warn that smacking ban could cost the force Police Scotland has warned MSPs that a smacking ban could result in increased costs to the force as officers spend more time investigating allegations against parents. The police has also raised concerns that the ban, proposed by...

Police urge north-east residents to report hate crime Police have launched a campaign urging people to report hate crime suffered at night. New figures show 80% of all hate crime that happens in the evening in Scottish towns and city centres could be going unreported. Victims...

Police Scotland tackles hate crime The initiative is focusing on workers in night-time industries such as fast-food outlets, convenience stores, taxi driving and door security, as they are said to be most at risk of experiencing hate crime. Police Scotland hopes to encourage more victims to...

Call for stricter guidelines and new watchdog post as it’s revealed Home Office stores DNA of 30,000 Scottish children More than 30,000 DNA samples taken from Scots under the age of 18 are being held on police databases. New figures from the Home Office show this...

Willie Rennie: Police Scotland pay changes ‘threaten morale’ Changes to police call centre pay and conditions “threaten the stability and morale” of staff, Scottish LibDem leader Willie Rennie has warned. Proposed changes, including reducing allowances for night shifts and new pay scales, could see call centre...

Private letting market ‘area of risk’ for serious gangsters say Aberdeen police More than a dozen serious organised criminal gangs are believed to be operating in the north of Scotland. All are under surveillance and investigation by police who have warned the north-east’s private letting market...

The day PC Mick Johnson confronted a knifeman changed his life forever. Stabbed in the arm in the 2017 incident in Hartlepool, it left him suffering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He says staff shortages caused by cutbacks left him no choice but to operate alone...

A CONSULTATION on Scottish hate crime legislation is taking place at the moment. It is based on Lord Bracadale’s recommendations, following his review of the existing laws in Scotland. It is open to everyone and allows the public to give their opinions to the Scottish Government. Rather...