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Police Scotland saves £330m in first five years
Police Scotland has made savings of £330 million in its first five years – but bosses at the national force have accepted that “sometimes our service has not met expectations”. The force was formed on April 1, 2013, and since then has dealt with more than eight million incidents. While the force has been required to “overcome a number of challenges” since its creation, bosses were clear that frontline policing had been protected as a result of the change. In a submission to MSPs the force – which has had three chief constables in five years – said: “Police Scotland has faced a number of significant challenges and we accept that sometimes our service has not met expectations.”
Family calls for resignation over inquiry into son’s death
The family of a man who died in mysterious circumstances more than 20 years ago have called for the chair of the Scottish Police Authority board to resign over the way their case has been handled. The body of Kevin Mcleod, 24, was recovered from Wick harbour in February 1997 after he had been on a night out with friends. Last year Police Scotland admitted Northern Constabulary had failed to treat the death as murder, despite an instruction from prosecutors.
Holyrood plan to make 20mph limit the urban norm
Drivers would be limited to 20mph on most Scottish streets to help reduce serious accidents, under new plans published at Holyrood. Launching his Safer Streets member’s Bill, Green MSP Mark Ruskell said he wanted to see a “social and cultural change” in attitudes towards road safety akin to that around seat belts.
Police Scotland drops fracking protest ‘terrorist’ tag
Police Scotland have cut a section labelling anti-fracking campaigners as domestic terrorists from their annual plan. The 2017/18 plan sparked a row when it was revealed fracking protesters were included under the heading “domestic extremists”. Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie raised the issue at Holyrood, saying the campaigners are “heroes” and questioning the treatment of peaceful demonstrators.
Chief Constable says Police Scotland IT ‘failings are unsustainable’
Police Scotland wants an IT upgrade of nearly £3 million as a deputy chief constable warned the current “failings” are “unsustainable”. Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said the “economically inefficient” service is detrimental to the public. She made the comments ahead of the force’s outline business case for £298m of investment over nine years being put before the Scottish Police Authority at a board meeting on Thursday. The submission highlights that many of the IT systems are out of date, not joined up and cannot be upgraded.
Police IT system ‘couldn’t run Pac Man’
Police officers are turning up to crime scenes with almost no detail about the potential dangers they face, the circumstances behind the incident or the condition of any victims.
Paper notebooks are being used to record information and crimes, meaning that time is lost as officers head to their stations to type this information into several different systems, which can require victims to make repeat statements. Police Scotland has called for an IT upgrade of nearly £3 million and a deputy chief constable has warned that the present failings are “unsustainable”. Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said that the “economically inefficient” service was detrimental to the public.
Police Scotland heading for computer crisis
One of Scotland’s most senior police officers called yesterday for an urgent upgrade of the force’s IT costing millions of pounds – and warned that current system “failings” are “unsustainable”. Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said that “economically inefficient” IT service hampered members of the public and prosecutors trying to bring criminals to justice. She spoke ahead of Police Scotland’s outline business case for £298million of investment over nine years being put before the Scottish Police Authority at a board meeting on Thursday. In its submission, the force says that many of its IT systems are out of date, not joined up and impossible to upgrade.
TECH BILL SOARS
Police Scotland supercomputer will cost £100MILLION more than first thought as top brass says force will soon be ‘unable to cope’ with outdated tech
A police supercomputer will cost about £100million more than first thought, we can reveal. Top brass said nearly £300million of investment is urgently needed as officers — who’d get a mobile gadget each — will soon be unable to “cope” with outdated systems. But bosses had put the bill at £200million in an IT strategy document less than four months ago. Police Scotland said the dated set-up meant PCs “routinely attend calls with little or no information” about victims or dangers that await cops or public.
New police plan will replace notebooks with mobile devices
A blueprint to modernise policing and free up officers to spend more time in communities will be unveiled this week. The plan to overhaul Police Scotland’s digital, data and ICT capability will be put before the Scottish Police Authority on Thursday. And it will make a business case for £298m of investment over nine years. The force will argue the funding is required to modernise the service and provide officers and staff with the equipment they need to protect the public in the 21st century.
New police plan drops domestic extremist label for anti-fracking campaigners
Police have cut a section labelling anti-fracking campaigners as domestic terrorists from their annual plan. The 2017/18 plan sparked a row as fracking protesters were included under the heading “domestic extremists”. Scottish Green co-convener Patrick Harvie raised the issue at Holyrood, saying the campaigners are “heroes” and questioning the treatment of peaceful demonstrators.
United front to fight domestic abuse in West Dunbartonshire
There is “no home for domestic abuse” in West Dunbartonshire – and local employers could be key to spreading that message throughout the community. That is the hope of Police Scotland, who met some of the area’s largest companies last week for the launch of a unique training scheme, which is the first of its kind. It is aimed at engaging employers in the fight against domestic abuse. The area is facing an ongoing battle to tackle the crime, with the Lennox Herald previously reporting how West Dunbartonshire had the worst domestic abuse record in Scotland.
Flying the Irish tricolour could be made a criminal offence in Scotland
Scottish police officers have been issued a list of flags that could be considered a criminal offence to wave and lead to five years in prison. According to The Herald, a “restricted” document has been issued to officers which included a list of flags that could be a criminal offence if waved in “a provocative manner”. As a result, officers may charge those judged to be in breach of the peace under Section 38 of the Criminal Justice and Licensing Scotland Act 2010. If convicted, offenders could face up to five years in prison. Amongst the list of offending flags is the Irish tricolour, as well as the ‘Sunburst, which is closely associated with Irish nationalism and the ‘Starry Plough’, which was originally adopted by the Irish Citizen Army. Also on the list are the Leinster flag, the four provinces flag, the Orange Order flag, the Red’ Hand’ of Ulster flag and the Ulster Independence flag. The Israeli and Palestinian flags are also on it, as well as the Catalan and Basque flags.
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