06 Sep 6th September 2018
Police officers warn serious incidents not being responded to
Serious incidents such as assaults and domestic violence are not being responded to by police due to a shortage of officers, it has been claimed. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF), which represents the rank and file, said high-priority calls which should require an immediate response are being “downgraded”. It tweeted a message from a serving officer who said he was “shocked” that grade 2 and 3 calls would be left unanswered until they are no longer ongoing. The officer said the force was “continually letting down the public,” leaving them to “repeatedly call back in”.
Copping it Overstretched Police Scotland ‘let the public down daily’ by not being sent to urgent call-outs
Understaffed cops “let the public down daily” by not being sent to urgent call-outs, it is claimed. A whistleblower warned calls are “downgraded” due to shortages. And Police Fed boss Calum Steele said: “The public are being let down.” The whistleblower warned officer and vehicle shortages have led to a “sinister” practice of downgrading ongoing incidents to low priority. And last night the Scottish Police Federation said the alarming reports show the force’s frontline crisis is “far from over” — despite a fresh start under new Chief Constable Iain Livingstone. A source revealed area control rooms often snub “priority” Grade 2 calls and “standard” Grade 3 calls — which police rules require bobbies to be scrambled to.
Police stations could close but officers will stay local, Tayside’s new commander promises
Police stations across Tayside, including the force’s Angus headquarters, could close, the region’s new commander has revealed. But Chief Superintendent Andrew Todd assured communities the decision to shut buildings that are “simply not fit for purpose” will not mean officers moving out of towns. In his first interview since taking up the post, he pledged the force’s priorities across the region would continue to be driven by the communities they serve. Mr Todd said: “The traditions of a big, monolithic police station within the centre of a town with officers working from it to the exclusion of anything else that’s happening has probably had its day. “Do I think that then means we are withdrawing from that town? Absolutely not. It’s about how we deliver our service more effectively.
Cardboard cops: does the deterrent really work?
Cardboard cops have been deployed across Scotland for the last two years – but do they actually work as a deterrent? Similar schemes in Fife and the Borders were followed by a New Town posting back in May. CARDBOARD cops have been deployed across Scotland for the last two years – but do they actually work as a deterrent? Similar schemes in Fife and the Borders were followed by a New Town posting back in May. Law enforcers in Scotland are trying a number of different methods to reduce cases of speeding, including proposing drivers who break 20mph and 30mph speed limits be handed a written warning instead of a fine. Such cut-outs have been used to deter shoplifters in England and Wales – stationed inside shops in an attempt to deter thieves. enforcement of 20mph questioned FEWER than two drivers a week were fined for speeding in the first four months of the citywide 20mph zones being rolled out across Edinburgh.
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