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COUNCIL leaders have signalled they will end funding for community police officers due to local government cuts. Edinburgh currently stumps up £2.6 million a year for 54 additional officers, but is now considering slashing this as it tries to plug funding gaps. Giving evidence to a Holyrood committee, Justice Secretary...

Police Scotland scraps plan to cut officer numbers amid Brexit security concerns Police Scotland has shelved plans to cut 300 officer posts amid uncertainty over the impact of Brexit. The national force had planned to save £12.6 million by further reducing officer numbers in 2019-20. https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/police-scotland-scraps-plan-to-cut-officer-numbers-amid-brexit-security-concerns-1-4856526 Brexit: Scottish...

Number of Scottish police cars in collisions rises over four-year period New figures have revealed that in 2017, there were 43 collisions involving such vehicles, compared to just 13 in 2014. And between January and the start of November last year, a total of 40 crashes...

The number of drink drivers caught on Scotland’s roads over the festive season doubled from last year, police have revealed. One in 15 drivers breathalysed between December 1 and January 2 were over the limit. The previous year, one in 28 drivers stopped for a breath test...

Best way to save young men from life of crime may surprise you – (Ross Deuchar is a professor and director of the Interdisciplinary Research Unit on Crime, Policing and Social Justice within the University of the West of Scotland) Marginalised young men have moved from...

Pre-recorded evidence in Scottish courts ‘will help avoid re-trauma’ Allowing vulnerable witnesses to give evidence without being in court could ultimately help protect alleged rape victims from being “re-traumatised” by reliving their ordeal, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has told MSPs. The Scottish Parliament’s Justice Committee is...

Police too late in referring hundreds of cases to prosecutors Police Scotland is failing to refer suspects to prosecutors timeously, according to figures obtained by Scottish Labour. Between 2015/16 and 2017/18 there has been around a 20 per cent increase in the number of cases that...

SMASH BILLPolice Scotland had to fork out more than £5MILLION fixing patrol cars damaged in crashes Cops forked out more than £5million fixing patrol cars damaged in crashes, official stats have revealed. Police Scotland motors were involved in 5,679 prangs in the last five years —...

Almost 1,000 police officers from England and Scotland are to begin training for deployment in Northern Ireland in case of disorder from a no-deal Brexit, the Guardian has learned. The plans were put in place after Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) chiefs asked for reinforcements to...

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...