Police dealing with rising tide of mental health incidents in Tayside and Fife
Police are battling a rising tide of mental health incidents in Tayside and Fife. Mental health-related incidents reported across Courier Country have gone up by 38% in the past two years. A freedom of information request found the figures in Angus went up by 95% and in Dundee, the tally more than doubled between 2016-17 and 2018-19. Angus incidents have gone up from 181 in 2016-17 to 323 in 2017-18 and 353 in 2018/19. In less than half the year, the number of recorded incidents of 186 in Angus for 2019-20 already stands at 52.7% of the previous year’s total. The figures have also gone up from 357 in 2016-17 in Dundee to 567 in 2017-18 and 786 in 2018-2019 with 327 already in 2019-20.
New mobile phones for police officers in East Renfrewshire
Police officers in East Renfrewshire will soon be kitted out with new mobile phones as part of a scheme to cut down station working. The devices – which will be rolled out in the area from October 14 – will allow officers to check police systems, file statements and keep up to date with emails while working remotely. A Police Scotland representative told East Renfrewshire councillors how the phones will replace officers’ notebooks and increase “visibility, productivity and pro-activity”. “They can do everything they could previously do and significantly more,” he said.
Ex-police officer determined to be voice for Cumnock community
An ex-police officer is determined to make Cumnock better place to live by being a voice for the community. Allan Dorans has set his sights on becoming MP by winning the seat back from the Conservatives through using his copper experience. He is also passionate about achieving an independent Scotland and believes his skills in gaining the confidence of those in dispute to allow people to resolve their differences peacefully could help him do that. Mr Dorans beat Corri Wilson for the chance to become the SNP’s Candidate for the role of Member of Parliament for the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock Constituency in the next Westminster election.
Sex crimes at an all-time high in South Lanarkshire
The number of sexual crimes in South Lanarkshire have more than TREBLED over the past decade, a shock new police report has revealed. The number of recorded rapes and attempted rapes is also three times higher than it was back in 2009-10. Sex crimes in the region are at an all-time high and, apart from a decrease in 2013-14, have been steadily rising year after year. The figures were revealed in a report compiled by Police Scotland and published by the Scottish Government last week. Monica Lennon said the scale of the offending was “hugely concerning” with SNP counterpart Linda Fabiani agreeing. However, police chiefs insisted that the figures are so high because more victims are coming forward to report sexual offences.
Scots urged to join forces with Wales to demand powers to implement radical drugs strategies
The Scottish Government is being challenged to join with Wales to demand powers to implement radical drugs strategies. Arfon Jones, North Wales’s police and crime commissioner, has accused Scotland’s Lord Advocate, Lord Wolffe, of “bottling out” of granting permission for Drug Consumption Rooms to help battle drug deaths and the spread of needles in Glasgow city centre.