MSPs call for halt on cyber-kiosks
Police Scotland is being urged to put its controversial deployment of cyber-kiosks on hold until there is greater clarity on the legal framework for their use, with an “assessment of both the benefits and the risks”. Cyber-kiosks, or ‘digital triage devices’, are laptop-sized machines that allow officers to bypass encryption to quickly read personal data from digital devices such as mobile phones or laptops. Police Scotland has 41 of these devices, which it had intended rolling out to police stations across Scotland from the autumn of 2018. However, officers have been unable to use them due to the lack of clarity about the legal basis for their use. Concerns have been extensively covered through scrutiny carried out by the Scottish Parliament’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing, which has been investigating cyber-kiosks since May 2018.
Police warn of crackdown on underage drinking at Links Market
Police have launched a campaign to curb underage drinking in the Linktown area of Kirkcaldy in the run up to the town’s annual Links Market. The You’re Asking for It campaign aims to tackle the practice of adults buying alcohol for young people they know are underage, also known as “proxy purchasing”. Underage drinking has been highlighted by local elected members as a concern for the Kirkcaldy community. The roll out of the You’re Asking for It project comes on the back of a successful pilot in Burntisland last year.
Counter-terrorism expert issues stark Brexit warning
A former Fife counter-terrorism expert has warned Irish communities to reject violence amid a growing threat of dissident activity linked to Brexit. Former police superintendent Ken Pennington believes the potential implementation of a hard border may be used as a “narrative” by terrorists. The 50-year-old, who served in Northern Ireland for more than 30 years, also voiced concern that an increased media presence could be used as a platform to spread their message around the world. Speaking at a European Confederation of Police conference in Madrid, Mr Pennington said: “For over 18 months, there has been building political community protest around the subject of Brexit, especially in the border communities.
Solution to knife epidemic could come from Colombia…via Glasgow
In the mid-1990s, the Colombian city of Cali was arguably the most violent place on earth, its soaring murder rate linked to the country’s civil war and brutal drugs trade. But while its problems are far from being over, the city’s homicide rate halved between 1995 and 2018 due to a range of interventions to tackle poverty and increase education and employment opportunities.