Police report finds ‘more work needed’ on football fan safety
THE public can be reassured that Police Scotland is adept at managing football fixtures and other high-profile events, according to a report. But the document, published yesterday, warned that “more work” is needed on the issue of stadium safety.
Police announce Local Partnership and Initiative fund
Police Scotland has announced a £325,000 fund to be spent in communities by local commanders. The newly instigated Local Partnership and Initiative Fund is to be spent on community empowerment, inclusion and collaborative working. It follows a commitment by Chief Constable Iain Livingstone (pictured) to provide divisional commanders with discretionary funds and falls under the wider Local Policing Programme.
New national leadership group to strengthen community justice in Scotland
A national steering group will meet for the first time today to look at ways to improve the delivery of community justice in Scotland. The National Community Justice Leadership Group will be co-chaired by Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf and COSLA’s communities and wellbeing spokesperson, Councillor Kelly Parry. Made up of senior leaders from justice, health, local government and social work, group members include Community Justice Scotland chief executive Karyn McCluskey, chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service Colin McConnell, Police Scotland deputy chief constable for local policing Will Kerr and chair of the Parole Board for Scotland John Watt. The group will consider actions to strengthen community justice services and alternatives to custody, as well as working to increase public and judicial system confidence in community justice as an alternative to prison. It will also link into other national groups including the Drug Deaths Taskforce and Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group to consider multiple and complex needs.
Housebreakings on the up in Fife but violent crime drops
Police in Fife say their efforts to tackle serious crime in the region are paying dividends, despite the number of reported incidents rising during the first quarter of 2019. Police Scotland’s statistics for April to June have highlighted another mixed picture in the kingdom, in comparison to the same period in 2018. The total number of crimes rose from 3,641 to 3,676, but so did the number of detections, which rose from 2,254 to 2,368.
Calls for stricter penalties for wildlife crimes as Scottish gamekeeper avoids jail after killing protected birds
STRICTER legal penalties should be imposed on those guilty of wildlife crime, the Revive coalition has argued, following controversy over the sentencing of a Scottish gamekeeper found guilty of the multiple-killing of protected mammals and birds of prey. Commenting on the case of Alan Wilson – a former member of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association who in July plead guilty to the shooting and trapping buzzards, goshawks, badgers and an otter, and who avoided a jail sentence thanks to Scottish ministers’ recent decision to introduce a presumption against jailing offenders receiving sentences of less than 12 months – Revive’s campaign manager Max Wiszniewski joined with other organisations calling for a re-examination of the law.