Number of police assaults in Tayside and Fife an ‘absolute disgrace’
Police officers have been subjected to more than 600 assaults across Tayside and Fife in the lifetime of the national force. There have been 383 assaults in D division (Tayside) and 281 in P division (Fife) since the formation of Police Scotland in June 2013. In Tayside there were 39 assaults in 2016-17, 92 in 2017-18 and 77 last year; while the figures in Fife were 45, 63 and 55 in 2018-19. The figures have been branded “an absolute disgrace” by North East region Conservative MSP and shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr. He said the Scottish Government’s drive to cut down on shorter jail sentences meant many such incidents would be dealt with by “a slap on the wrist”.
Ambulance bosses spend £156k over three years on counselling for frontline staff
Critics have called for better mental health support for emergency workers after it emerged Scotland’s ambulance service spent more than £156,000 on counselling for frontline staff over the last three years. Figures show ambulance bosses spent £55,372 in the last financial year – including £30,472 on “bespoke/specialist” help for struggling staff.
Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick insists the Met Police is no longer riddled with racism 20 years after the Macpherson Report branded it ‘institutionally’ prejudiced
Britain’s biggest police force is no longer ‘institutionally racist’ and the label is ‘toxic’, Commissioner Cressida Dick said yesterday. The Scotland Yard chief said the label applied to the force following the murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence now ‘ends up making people less safe’ as it alienates the public. The UK’s top officer said the term coined by Stephen Lawrence inquiry judge Sir William Macpherson 20 years ago was outdated and ‘unhelpful’ as the force had ‘utterly transformed’.
Video to help rape victims negotiate Scots justice system launched
A new video explaining the criminal justice system to survivors of sexual violence has been launched in the hope that it will increase access to justice. Rape Crisis Scotland has launched an updated film, which features key people in the system, to try and make a “complex and disorientating” process more understandable for rape victims. The video, which was funded by the Scottish Government, sets out each stage of the process, who is involved and what their role is – and includes a specially trained police officer, a rape crisis advocacy worker, a Procurator Fiscal, a defence lawyer, an advocate for the prosecution and a judge. Statistics have shown that the conviction rate for rape and attempted rape in Scotland has fallen to its lowest level in eight years, with 39 per cent of those taken to court in 2017 found guilty, down from 49 per cent the previous year and despite a 16 per cent rise in court proceedings.