3rd January 2019

Perth Police HQ - by Ninian Reid via Flickr

3rd January 2019

False fire alarm calls costing £1m a year to north of Scotland hospitals

Firefighters across the Highlands and Islands, Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen attended a staggering 2,693 unnecessary “blue-light” calls since 2013. There were 991 false alarms in the Highlands and Islands – where Raigmore in Inverness is the largest hospital – and 1,383 in Aberdeen – where Foresterhill is the biggest. Crews are legally required to attend all unwanted calls – described as a “drain on resources” – potentially taking them from a real emergency.

https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/moray/1643335/false-fire-alarm-calls-costing-1m-a-year-to-north-of-scotland-hospitals/

Police Scotland spending virtually £1m a 12 months hiring autos

Police Scotland have spent £2.8 million hiring vehicles for special events in the last three years, research has found. The force rented 10,833 vehicles in the last year, up from 6,609 in 2015-16 according to a Freedom of Information request by the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Costing £950,698.22 in 2017/18, the police have defended the spending and argue that short-term hire is cheaper than buying and maintaining the vehicles used for major events. Deputy Chief Constable Fiona Taylor said: “Police Scotland maintains a fleet of more than 3,500 vehicles, almost all of which are in constant use to keep the people of Scotland safe.

http://infosurhoy.com/cocoon/saii/xhtml/en_GB/news/police-scotland-spending-virtually-1m-a-12-months-hiring-autos/

Security fears as police officers ‘lose’ sensitive data stored on laptops

Police security breaches – including the loss of potentially sensitive information held on laptops – have soared nearly 55% in a year. These were also ‘unauthorised disclosures’ of confidential material among 105 cases logged by the Scottish Police Authority, figures show.

https://www.pressreader.com/uk/scottish-daily-mail/20190103/282123522638608

£150,000 bill for vaping kits for Scottish prisoners

Around 7,500 vaping kits have been handed out to inmates following a smoking ban in prisons, at a cost of around £150,000, it has emerged. A nationwide ban on lighting up in Scottish jails came into force in November.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/150-000-bill-for-vaping-kits-for-scottish-prisoners-1-4850997

 

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