30th August 2018

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

30th August 2018

Concern at plans to ‘integrate’ emergency services

New recruits could receive ­training from each of the three emergency services as bosses draw up plans to pool resources and face the challenges of Scotland’s ageing population. Police Scotland, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) and the Scottish Ambulance Service plan to “integrate” their services. But the Scottish Police Federation (SPF), which represents rank and file officers, said Police Scotland had insufficient numbers to carry out all its work without being called on to help the other services.



Two 11-year-old schoolgirls thought to be carrying weapons among youngest people to be frisked in Scotland – while woman, 81 is the oldest

Two schoolgirls who thought to be carrying weapons have become the youngest people to be frisked by stop and search cops – aged just 11. Meanwhile an 81-year-old woman who was caught with stolen goods in her handbag in Dundee became the oldest to be searched, according to new figures released by cops. David Hamilton, of the Scottish Police Federation, said the number of stop and searches being recorded had actually fallen, and officers were concerned this might be linked to a rise in crime.


Tayside expert to give evidence at national drug forum

A Tayside expert is to give an address at The Scottish Drugs Forum, who will host their Working Together to Prevent Drug-related Deaths event in Glasgow on Thursday. Laura Kerr, of the Angus Alcohol and Drug Partnership, is one of four guest speakers who will discuss work being carried out in Angus, Dundee and Perth to tackle the “challenges” with drug-related mortality. According to experts, Scotland has had “record numbers” of drug-related deaths in the past 12 months, with Dundee in particular earning the title of Scotland’s “drug-death capital”. Attendees will be shown a number of presentations and workshops on how preventing future drug deaths is in the interests of the entire local community, not just those directly impacted by overdose and loss.


Dundee woman, 81, becomes Scotland’s oldest to be stopped and searched

An 81-year-old woman in Dundee city centre was the oldest person in the country to be subjected to a police stop and search procedure. The woman was one of 18 people over the age of 65 who have been stopped by police and searched since April this year. She was found with stolen goods in her possession and later charged.


Police Scotland fraud concerns over contactless payment cards

Between April and June, the overall number of such offences recorded in Scotland was lower than the five-year average but there was a slight increase on the previous year, from 62,494 to 62,922. Fraudulent crimes grew from 1955 during the same quarter in 2017 to 2584 this year, while detection rates fell from around 41% to 34%. Assistant Chief Constable Malcolm Graham said: “Advances in technology pose an increased vulnerability when tackling fraud and we have seen an increasing trend in online fraud and crimes involving contactless payments.


Scots hit by huge rise in fraud offences

Scots have been hit with a huge rise in financial crime and a police chief has admitted that technological advances have made it easier for embezzlers. Fraudulent crimes, including phishing and credit and debit card fraud, have risen by a nearly a third in a quarter-on-quarter Police Scotland analysis while detection rates have fallen from 41% to 34%. Police Scotland’s Management Information Report shows that there were 1,955 incidents of fraud during the first quarter in 2017/18 but that rose to 2,584 this year.



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