Police urged to abandon facial recognition scans
Police Scotland has been urged to abandon its pursuit of facial recognition software after San Francisco city leaders ruled that it was “incompatible with a healthy democracy”. Facial recognition is part of Police Scotland’s 2026 strategy to modernise the force and prepare for new threats. San Francisco’s board of supervisors, the legislative arm of the city government, banned the use of the software by police and other agencies last Tuesday. Aaron Peskin, the city supervisor, said that San Francisco had a responsibility to lead the way in regulating technologies mainly developed in nearby Silicon Valley. Police Scotland has had limited access to facial recognition software used by the UK police national database since 2014 by uploading suspect mugshots to try to find a match.
Revealed: Probe into cover-up at Scots elite crime-fighting agency did not interview whistleblower
Police ordered to probe a whistleblower’s claims of cover-up at an elite crime-fighting agency did not interview the whistleblower, we can reveal. A report ordered into whether senior officers moved to conceal a shambles exposed at an undercover unit is due to be delivered to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) on Wednesday. However, the inquiry team, led by deputy chief constable Fiona Taylor, has not talked to the former officer who raised the alarm while Police Scotland refuse to say if any other serving or former officer was interviewed. The whistleblower, known as Mrs K in court, sued Police Scotland claiming she was unfairly forced out of her job by bosses at the now-defunct Scottish Crime & Drugs Enforcement Agency (SCDEA).
Cash-strapped cop chiefs to flog £150m of buildings to fund £400m revamp of ‘horrific’ police stations
CASH-strapped cop chiefs plan to raise money for a £400million revamp of police stations by flogging off £150million of buildings. Force bosses will next week unveil their strategy for the coming decade after facing flak from rank-and-file officers over the dilapidated estate.
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Police Scotland’s attempt to flog £150m of buildings is valiant attempt to tackle collapse of police estate
Cash-strapped police chiefs want to plug the gaps in their bank account by flogging off £150million-worth of surplus buildings. It’s a valiant attempt to tackle the collapse of so much of the police estate. Frontline cops have complained for years about the poor state of buildings and the appalling conditions that crime victims have to experience when they are interviewed at force facilities.
Scottish police stations set to cop £400m facelift
Crumbling police stations are to be sold off or repaired under a £400m overhaul by Scotland’s national force. Senior officers want to streamline the police estate to improve working conditions and reduce the force’s carbon footprint. Plans will be presented to the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) this week following criticism that some stations pose a risk to human health. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) recently branded Oban police station the worst in the country after an inspection found it was infested with mould. Other buildings have been plagued for years by rats.
Police Scotland record ‘shocking’ rise in number of violent crimes
The number of violent crimes recorded by Police Scotland has increased by more than 10 per cent in a year, figures show. Statistics produced by the national force show the number of murders, attempted murders and serious assaults all rose in the year to 31 March. The overall recorded number of non-sexual crimes of violence was 8,008, up from 7,268 the previous year – an increase of 10.2 per cent. Sexual crimes also increased, up 7.3 per cent to 13,457, but Police Scotland welcomed the figures, saying sex offences continued to be under-reported.
Drug addicts fear arrest if they are caught with kits of lifesaving naloxone
Drug addicts say they are reluctant to carry a lifesaving device containing an antidote to opioid overdose as they believe police will search them if they see it. Addicts have told researchers that they think there is an incriminating stigmatisation connected to the naloxone device. They fear police will search them when they see the yellow box, viewing it as drug paraphernalia or an advert to the fact they might have drugs in their possession. However, Police Scotland deny this is the case and say they are actively involved in moves to encourage carriage and the use of the device outdoors. These steps include the consideration of all police offices carrying naloxone. Dr Andrew McAuley, senior research fellow at Glasgow Caledonian University, was involved in developing the kit and has carried out research surrounding its use.
Edinburgh car park charge would be a ‘safety risk to police’
Demands are growing for police officers to be exempt from the Capital’s proposed workplace car park tax. City council chiefs intend to adopt new laws in the Transport Bill to charge staff up to £500 a year to park at their place of work.
Now Lothian MSP Miles Briggs has waded into the row after the Scottish Police Federation warned of safety fears over officers switching to public transport.