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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...

Police Scotland to roll out phone hacking gadgets ‘towards end of summer’ Police are aiming to roll-out controversial machines that allow them to hack into people’s phones “towards the end of summer”. Officers told MSPs they now had “legal clarity” over the gadgets, which have sparked...

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 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....

Internet predators have targeted a child in ‘every class in every school in Scotland’ expert warns An online safety expert says she has found a victim of internet predators in every Scots primary school class she has worked with. Annabel Turner, a lawyer and director of...