Too many watchdogs ‘give police conflicting advice’
A former chief constable has echoed the warnings of a departing public servant who said that scrutiny of Police Scotland was “fundamentally flawed”. Stephen Kavanagh was scathing about the risk-averse culture at Essex police before his resignation last year, and has urged Police Scotland to avoid the same mistakes. Susan Deacon quit as chairwoman of the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) last week saying that she felt stifled by the “cluttered” landscape of police oversight. She was concerned about the time taken to scrutinise emerging technologies designed to improve police efficiency and cut crime.
Wildlife policing a ‘disaster’ as crimes go undetected
Specialist police officers are failing to combat wildlife crimes as most instances of hare coursing and deer poaching go undetected, campaigners have said. When wild animals are shot, caught in illegal traps or killed in bloodsports it is too easy for those responsible to cover up evidence, the activists said. MSPs have been urged to change police tactics and give more powers to the SSPCA to investigate crimes. Ruth Tingay, a raptor ecologist, said that the five specialist police failed to report a single wildlife crime in a pilot scheme in the Cairngorms that ended on April 2, despite white-tailed eagles and hen harriers disappearing.
Concerns for Perth police officer after street attack
A Perth police officer still cannot lift her children eight months after she was attacked by an out-of-control 22-year-old. Keri Milne had to take time off work and required family help with childcare after she was attacked by George Zuica. He punched PC Milne in the face and left her with a shoulder injury after she had handcuffed him on North Methven Street. Zuica had taken a “substantial” quantity of drugs when he unleashed a barrage of abusive comments towards the officer and assaulted her. The Scottish Police Federation this week told the PA of the impact the incident has had on PC Milne. James Thomson, deputy secretary for the Scottish Police Federation’s east area committee, said: “This was an unprovoked attack on a police officer who was simply doing their job.