Ministers told to investigate concerns Tayside officers being used to plug social care gaps
Scottish Conservative MP for Angus Kirstene Hair has asked Justice secretary Humza Yousaf and health secretary Jeane Freeman to help police who are spending “hours at a time” dealing with mental health emergencies for which they are not trained. Police are sometimes the sole responders to incidents involving mentally vulnerable people. Ms Hair reported officers “feel it is their duty” to take people to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee, taking “vital resources” from other call-outs “for hours at a time”.
Edinburgh shops’ plan to pay for dedicated police officer raises big questions
As a former retailer, I understand why there is a desire among those behind the Edinburgh Old Town Business Improvement District (BID) for a police presence in the local area. Retailers, unfortunately, deal with a range of issues, from petty theft to abuse directed at staff, and a local police response, which is able to react quickly and effectively, is always going to be helpful. But what this really boils down to, yet again, is the lack of resources available to Edinburgh, meaning fewer officers on the beat.