19th December 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

19th December 2018

SCOTLAND’S Justice Secretary is looking at alternatives to controversial plans to merge Police Scotland and the British Transport Police (BTP) north of the Border. Humza Yousaf told a Holyrood committee that government officials had been working with both organisations on possible options ranging from voluntary information sharing to new governance set-ups. He said a meeting including both organisations, their oversight bodies, the department for Transport and Audit Scotland, last month resulted in the “general consensus” current legislation could be used to strengthen the role of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) in overseeing railway policing in Scotland.

https://www.thenational.scot/news/17306752.justice-secretary-humza-yousaf-weighs-up-options-as-police-merger-proposals-stall/

THE SNP’s flagship plan to merge Police Scotland and the British Transport Police has effectively been abandoned, with ministers focusing on an informal relationship instead. In a letter to MSPs, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf confirmed officials were now “exploring new governance and accountability mechanisms” for policing Scotland’s railways. In particular, they were working on an open-ended “interim model” using existing legislation to give the Scottish Police Authority a “stronger oversight role” of the BTP in Scotland.

https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/17305641.humza-yousaf-looking-at-alternatives-to-proposed-police-scotland-and-british-transport-police-merger/

Football fans have been urged to take personal responsibility during the festive fixtures to make sure that the games are the main talking point. Police Scotland have teamed up with the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) have teamed up for the campaign. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins, strategic lead for the policing of football, said: “The vast majority of fans attend the match, support their team and enjoy the occasion and atmosphere. “However we are all too aware of well-documented incidents of dangerous, criminal and anti-social behaviour at football matches this season.

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/police-urge-football-fans-take-15570146#r3z-addoor

Humza Yousaf, the Scottish justice secretary, is looking into alternatives for plans to merge Police Scotland and the British Transport Police north of the border. He told a Holyrood committee that government officials had been working with both organisations on possible options ranging from voluntary information sharing to new governance set-ups. Mr Yousaf said a meeting including both groups, their oversight bodies, the department for Transport and Audit Scotland, last month resulted in the “general consensus” that current legislation could be used to strengthen the role of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) in overseeing railway policing.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/yousaf-is-accused-of-u-turn-over-railway-policing-merger-g7ncwfhg5

The death of a popular police officer whose body was found in a burn beside the famous Carnoustie golf links after a Christmas night out was a “tragic accident”, force bosses said today. PC Dean Morrison was found dead in Barry Burn in the Angus town on Sunday afternoon. It is understood he had been returning home from a Christmas night out in nearby Broughty Ferry when he fell into the water beside the championship golf course.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/death-of-popular-police-officer-at-carnoustie-golf-links-was-tragic-accident-1-4845813

A TOP cop has hit out at the small minority of football fans who have a negative impact on the game ahead of the Old Firm fixture next week. Rangers will play Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on Saturday, December 29 – and Police Scotland and the Scottish Football League are working together so football supporters can enjoy the fixture and the game is the talking point. Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins, who has strategic lead for the policing of football, said: “The vast majority of fans attend the match, support their team and enjoy the occasion and atmosphere. However we are all too aware of well-documented incidents of dangerous, criminal and anti-social behaviour at football matches this season.

https://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/17306324.top-cops-warning-ahead-of-old-firm-fixture/

 

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