Humza Yousaf challenged over police pay amid fears of exodus of 1,000 officers
Mr Yousaf said the Scottish Government would have to lend cash to the force after he was told that wages would run out in February. At a Scottish Police Federation (SPF) fringe event at the SNP conference, SPF General Secretary Calum Steele warned that Police Scotland risked losing 1,000 officers next year. He also claimed budget pressures meant the force “is going to run out of money and is not going to be able to pay wages in February”.
Humza Yousaf to resign if Police Scotland fail to be paid wages
HUMZA Yousaf has said he will resign as Justice Secretary next year if Scottish police officers fail to be paid. In a stormy fringe event at the SNP’s annual conference, Calum Steele, the chair of the Scottish Police Federation said Police Scotland was overstretched and would run out of money next year. He said the force might not be able to pay police wages in February. Steele said that in order to balance budgets the chief constable would have to cut between 750 and 1000 officers.
Figures reveals police respond to hundreds of incidents outside Glasgow Sheriff Court
CITY cops have responded to hundreds of incidents in the streets surrounding Glasgow Sheriff Court over the last three years prompting safety fears for witnesses and victims attending. A Freedom of Information request to Police Scotland reveals the force attended 692 incidents in 2017/2018. Most of the incidents took place in Carlton Place, Ballater Street, Oxford Street and Eglinton Street with 171 crimes reported during that period. This year, 2018/2019, the force dealt with 581 incidents resulting in 131 crime reports while officers attended 676 incidents in 2016/2017, of which 205 crimes were reported.
Scotland’s overstretched police are at breaking point
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf should be in no doubt about the scale of pressure on Scotland’s overstretched police. He faced a long and brutal list of complaints in a tense encounter at SNP conference. Scottish Police Federation chief Calum Steele calmly hit some nerves as he set out the facts. One claim, which should send shockwaves through any complacent government, focused on rape cases. It is outrageous that senior investigating officers are dealing with 100 cases at any given time. Asked for a reasonable number, Steele said “four or five”.
Police delays let hundreds of suspects go free
Hundreds of criminal cases are being dropped because police officers are filing reports late, prompting concerns over the funding and resourcing of policing in Scotland. Police Scotland submitted more than 700 reports after court deadlines last year, leaving prosecutors with no choice but to scrap proceedings. It is more than double the number in 2014-15 and the highest level of timed-out cases in a five-year period. Figures released by the Crown Office also show a further 1,700 cases were abandoned in 2018-19 because of other delays by the police or reporting agencies, an increase of almost 20 per cent on 2014-15.
Scotland has taken the work of its police force for granted for decades now
THE warning from Calum Steele, the general secretary of the Scottish Police Federation, was a bucket of cold water emptied over the SNP conference. For all the party’s high-blown ambition about the prospects of an independent Scotland, the leading cop told some damning home truths about the way things are right now. Funding is so tight, says Mr Steel, that cops might not get paid when the money runs out in February. Buildings are collapsing, he says. Detectives don’t have cars and senior investigators are swamped by caseloads of up to a hundred rapes and sexual assaults at a time.
Humza Yousaf denies Police Scotland will run out of cash to pay wages in four months
Police Scotland will run out of cash to pay officers’ wages in February, the body that represents the force’s rank and file has warned. Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf hit back at the claim by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) , branding it “outrageous” and untrue. Mr Yousaf, speaking at a fringe event at the SNP conference in Aberdeen, said: “If police officers are not paid in February, I will not just eat my own hat, I will eat every conference delegate’s hat that is in this room. Because that just simply will not happen.” But SPF general secretary Calum Steele insisted that policing in Scotland is “in a really precarious position”. As well as raising fears that the force could run out of cash for wages within four months, he said Police Scotland could lose 1,000 officers next year.
Police ‘will run out of money for wages in February’, federation warns
POLICE Scotland is so strapped for cash it will be unable to pay wages within months unless something is done, it has been warned. The Scottish Police Federation said the force risks having to cut up to 1,000 officers, while struggling detectives are dealing with huge caseloads of around 100 rapes and sexual assaults at any one time. General Secretary Calum Steele said: “At this point in time, the Police Service of Scotland is going to run out of money and not be able to pay wages in February.
Police Scotland officers sent to London to support Extinction Rebellion policing
Police from Scotland have travelled to London to help officers with the Extinction Rebellion protests. Around 100 public order officers will work with Metropolitan Police colleagues in responding to the climate change demonstrations.
Views sought on police use of facial recognition technology
PEOPLE are being urged to have their say on the way facial recognition technology is used by police. Holyrood’s Justice Sub-Committee on Policing has launched an inquiry into the software, probing the human rights implications of the advancements. Any local residents who would like to make their opinions known should do so online by Friday, November 1. Police Scotland currently uses the technology ‘retrospectively’ on CCTV images, matching the faces to people on the Police National Database.
Police to tackle Glasgow drug deaths
A new strategy designed to tackle drug-related deaths in Glasgow is being developed by police. Statistics released by the National Records of Scotland in July 2019 showed the number of drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2018 was 1,187 – the largest ever recorded and more than double the number a decade ago. Police Scotland will now carry out eight days of strategic action across October focusing on the city centre and parts of the east end.
Call for more ‘bobbies on the beat’ to combat rise in crime in the Borders
There’s a call for more police to combat a rise in crime in the Borders. The plea comes from local MP John Lamont, who joined officers on patrol in Hawick as part of politicians’ ‘Give a Day to Policing’ initiative. It comes just weeks after Scottish Borders Council launched a second Community Action Team to tackle lower level crimes in the region. Mr Lamont said: “Officers across Scotland make a huge contribution to our local communities, helping keep people safe and tackling crime all year round. It is absolutely vital that they have the support they need to do this important job.”