27th September 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

27th September 2018

Police officers in Scotland get 6.5% pay rise

Police Officers in Scotland have been awarded a 6.5 per cent pay rise, it has been announced. Overall the pay rise is the biggest one for police officers in 20 years, according to the Scottish Police Federation. The Scottish Police Authority confirmed the uplift will be backdated to 1 September and apply until 2021 ahead of its monthly board meeting in Stirling.


Police officers across Scotland welcome immediate pay rise

Police officers across Scotland are to receive an immediate 6.5% pay rise which over three years will cost the taxpayer some £125 million. In a joint statement by the Scottish Police Authority, Police Scotland and the Scottish Government, the rise was described as an “increase in recognition of the essential work they do in keeping people safe”. The award will be backdated to September 1 and applies until March 31, 2021. A mid-point constable will see an annual salary increase of £2300 – the equivalent of an additional £6000 in pay over the next 31 months.


Police to get ear protection for dealing with pop concerts and domestic rows

Scottish police are being issued with high-tech ear protectors to safeguard their hearing at noisy events such as pop concerts, Orange Parades and even domestic rows. Police Scotland became the first force in the UK to test ear protectors at TRNSMT Festival in June. It is now looking for a more compact device to use on routine incidents such as domestic disputes, which can be loud enough to breach noise at work regulations.


Scottish Government launch ‘Letters from Scotland’ campaign to tackle hate crime

The Scottish Government are launching a new eye-catching campaign addressing racists, homophobes and more in a bid to tackle hate crime in Scotland. The ‘Letters from Scotland’ campaign is being launched in a bid to highlight hate crimes and tackle a number of issues in the country.


Police tour eastern Europe to preserve ties after Brexit

Scottish police officers have been touring eastern Europe to ensure that they do not lose intelligence on drug running, people trafficking and organised crime after Brexit. They have visited Slovakia, Romania and Poland to tell their counterparts that they remain committed to co-operation when Britain leaves the EU in March. This month Iain Livingstone, chief constable of Police Scotland, was at a meeting of all UK chief constables to discuss contingency plans over Brexit. Officers agreed to set up a national unit that will assist all forces if they lose access to EU data sharing and co-operation tools, such as the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) or Europol systems.


Police Scotland officers set for 6.5 per cent pay rise in new deal hailed as biggest single increase in decades

The Scottish Police Federation said the annual boost was ‘the greatest uplift to pay for over 20 years’. Cops will get a 6.5 per cent pay rise in a deal hailed as the biggest single increase in decades. The award gives an annual £2,300 boost to a mid-grade constable, amounting to an extra £6,000 over 2½ years. Details of the £125million deal, effective immediately for all ranks below Assistant Chief Constable, were revealed after lengthy talks. Rank and file body the Scottish Police Federation said it was “the greatest uplift to pay for over 20 years”.


Police officers will get 6.5% wage hike

Scotland’s 17,000 police officers are to receive their biggest pay rise in more than 20 years. Only the most senior ranks will miss out on the 6.5 per cent offer backdated to September 1. The deal, which has been accepted by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) after lengthy talks, will increase the salaries of all officers below the rank of Assistant Chief Constable. Announcing the rise, the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) confirmed the award applies until 31 March 2021, representing an additional £125million in officer wages over the period.


Scottish police officers to receive 6.5% pay rise

Police officers in Scotland are to receive an immediate 6.5 per cent pay rise – their biggest single increase in over 20 years. The award means a salary increase of £2,300 for a mid-grade constable and the equivalent of an additional £6,000 in pay over the next 31 months, officials have announced.


Region’s crime levels up 12% on last year, figures reveal

Recorded crime has risen by 12% in the Borders, figures released by Police Scotland this week reveal. The increase, the third largest recorded by the country’s 32 local authorities, saw the region’s recorded crime total hit 3448 for the 2017-18 period.


Aberdeen crime falls 42% in 10 years

The region’s top cop has welcomed figures showing a sharp drop in crime – and says his officers will continue to target offenders. New Scottish Government figures show reports of crime in Aberdeen fell by 12% between 2016-17 and 2017-18 – the joint highest decrease out of 32 Scottish police divisions. There were 25,535 reported incidents in the Granite City in 2017-18. Over the same period, Aberdeenshire crime fell by 3% to 16,232 and by 6% to 7,224 in Moray. It rose by 1% in Angus – which is within Tayside Division – to 9,415.



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