11 Oct 11th October 2018
CALUM Steele, General Secretary of the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) highlights some very important points regarding current safety of his 17,000 members (Taser ‘more humane than baton’, Yousaf told”, The Herald, October 10). Doubtless his views are based on experiences of front-line officers who are daily exposed to violence. My late brother whilst serving as a young cop was seriously assaulted. He was left with permanent facial disfigurement and considerably traumatised for the rest of his life. Sadly, in that era (the late 1940s) no assistance counselling or otherwise was forthcoming from the police hierarchy or indeed the federation.
Yousaf hails progress of justice strategy
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has hailed progress on a strategy to “create safer and more resilient” communities across Scotland. Mr Yousaf thanked partners for the work done to achieve a number of key justice outcomes as part of an annual update. He outlined further actions being taken forward over 2018-19 in an update paper, including: expansion of the Mentors in Violence Prevention programme and Medics Against Violence programme into more schools; consulting on reform to Scotland’s hate crime legislation; on-going joint response work between Police Scotland, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Scottish Ambulance Service, as part of wider public service reform, to share key data to identify vulnerability and focus on prevention and action to improve contact between parents in prison and their children, to support positive attachment.
One of the key challenges for any government minister is understanding how the impact of your polices is felt by people in their day-to-day lives. Actions have consequences, sometimes unintended ones, and getting the balance right is tricky. As a politician, my job is to see it from both sides by meeting, talking and listening to people. But in the case of police powers to stop and search, I have first-hand experience. As a young Asian man growing up in Glasgow, I’ve been stopped and searched around a dozen times, sometimes at the airport, but when I was younger in the street or in my car or a friend’s car.
Thug tries to PUSH officer into oncoming traffic as police detain him for running on a dual carriageway
Shocking CCTV footage shows the moment a thug tries to push a police officer into oncoming traffic on a busy dual carriageway. James McVey was stopped by police in Scotland on September 1 last year when they saw him running on the A90 in Dundee and feared for his safety. He began acting aggressively and attempted to shove PC Kevin Steele into the path of traffic. However, PC Steele’s colleague managed to overpower McVey, 47, and spin him around away from passing traffic.
A joint effort to crackdown on “despicable” doorstep crime in Wishaw has been branded a success. The partnership between Police and Trading Standards hoped to snare criminals who were targeting people’s homes. Over a four-month period, North and South Lanarkshire Council Trading Standards officers joined with Police Scotland’s Lanarkshire Division on Operation Doric – which targets crooks perpetrating doorstep crime. The project, which took place between May 1 and August 30, saw 12 men reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with alleged fraud offences totalling around £370,000.
New partnership launched to tackle rural and remote crime in the north east
A new partnership dedicated to tackling rural crime in the north east and improving safety in remote communities has been launched. The North East Scotland Rural Crime & Safety Partnership is comprised of more than 20 partners involved in rural affairs who have pledged a commitment to sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise to tackle the issues that impact rural and remote areas the most and the people who live and work in them. The group will bring together senior representatives from organisations and stakeholders including Police Scotland, Food Standards Agency, the Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency, theNational Farmers Union and the SSPCA, focusing on areas including road safety, acquisitive crime, agricultural safety, live-stock worrying and hare-coursing.
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