Police union angry after chiefs freeze holiday requests during Euros
Four football matches will be played in Glasgow next June and leave requests have been frozen while the national force assesses the impact on resources, according to an internal police memo. Officers can usually book annual leave in the following year from June but they have been told their plans must be put on hold. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF), which represents rank and file officers, has criticised the decision to delay allocation of annual leave. Police Scotland previously delayed annual leave allocation in 2013, the year before the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. SPF General Secretary Calum Steele said it was January 2014 before all officers knew when they could take a holiday.
Drugs death crisis a legacy of inequality over centuries
‘WHY on Earth do we not have the wit, the honesty to admit that the policies and enforcement techniques that we have been deploying for the last 35 years are failing? We are not winning the war on drugs. We have to stop telling ourselves fairy tales about the success of anti-drugs initiatives when the ruins of past initiatives are mocking us from the funeral parlours of Glasgow.”
Police youth volunteers in tune with HebCelt
A squad of 22 members of the Police Scotland Youth Volunteers (PSYV) joined their adult counterparts at the popular festival. For the first time, youngsters from Moray and Shetland joined those from the Hebrides at a major event. The PSYV programme is open to young people aged 13-18 who volunteer at community and national events across Scotland. Supported by adult volunteers and led by a police constable, the programme aims to strengthen the relationship between the police and young people, breaking down barriers and promoting positive role models.