Police Scotland to deploy drones to search for missing people
Drones are to be deployed by Police Scotland for the first time from next week – to help search for missing people. Two “remotely-piloted aircraft systems” (RPAS) go into service from Aberdeen and Inverness on Wednesday 1 May. They could also be used in incidents such as road crashes, and to support “pre-planned operations and events”, the force said. It said the drones would be able to search large areas faster than officers on the ground, especially in places hard to get to.
Firearms offences in Scotland at lowest level since 1980
The number of offences involving a firearm is at its lowest level for almost 40 years, according to official statistics. Details from Scotland’s chief statistician show police recorded 348 offences in which a firearm was alleged to have been involved in 2017/18, a decrease of one per cent from 2016-17 (350 offences) and 13 per cent from 2015-16 (402 offences). The Scottish Government urged caution with comparing annual figures, with previous year’s totals thought to have been underestimated.
Firearms statistics mask rise in serious gun crime
Serious gun crime in Scotland is on the rise with a marked increase in attempted murder, armed robbery and possession with intent to kill. Humza Yousaf, the justice secretary, lauded new figures showing that firearms offences were at their lowest level since 1980 but the statistics masked an increase in the most serious crimes. There were two gun related homicides in 2017-18 compared with just one in either of the previous two years.
Police officer’s use of Taser ‘not necessary’
A police officer’s use of a Taser on a man outside a Bannockburn pub was not “reasonable, proportionate or necessary”, and could have injured a second officer, the police watchdog has ruled. The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) said that the female officer should undergo refresher training and reassessment in the use of the weapon.
Thugs smash police car windscreen in Portobello as officers respond to call
Police are hunting two suspects who smashed the windscreen and lights of a marked police car in Portobello as officers responded to a call. The culprits also caused damage to the bonnet of the police vehicle which was parked up in Bath Street, close to the promenade. The incident happened at about 6:30pm on Monday, April 22 when two officers left the vehicle to respond to a call. In a statement issued this evening, police said: “While they attended the call extensive damage was caused by two male suspects to their marked police car’s bonnet, windscreen and lights.
Police Scotland use of Taser on man ‘not reasonable’
A Police Scotland officer discharged his Taser on a man outside a pub when it was neither “reasonable or necessary” to do so, according to a watchdog. The Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc) said the 28-year-old man was not posing an imminent threat when the Specially Trained Officer (STO) fired on him in Bannockburn, Stirling in September last year. The watchdog recommended that the officer undergoes refresher training and reassessment in the use of the Taser.
Police ‘unnecessary’ use of Taser on assault suspect
The use of a police Taser on a suspect wasn’t reasonable or necessary, a watchdog has ruled. The incident happened when police went to arrest a man in Bannockburn, Stirlingshire, in September following an assault. A report by the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner Kate Frame said when he gave chase and became aggressive, an officer tasered him. The PIRC report said the man did not appear to be posing a threat to officers at the time and using a Taser was unnecessary.