Scots police and firefighters left “stretched” by new national set-ups
The creation of national police and fire services in Scotland has left frontline officers stretched and dealing with “diminishing resources” a new report has found. Efforts to forge links with local communities among the police is being hampered with firefighters facing red tape hold-ups in getting access to key support and equipment, a Scottish Government report has found. Opponents say Police Scotland is one of the worst funded forces in the UK which has left officers “demoralised.” But Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf insisted the public is “well served” by both forces and Scotland is not alone in the challenges it has faced dealing with reform of its emergency services.
European elections: Extra police deployed on polling day over violence fears
Extra police officers were deployed around the UK today following fears of violence while voters took to the polls for the European Elections. Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr, of Police Scotland, said four units of around 100 public order officers had been “strategically placed” throughout the day. He said: “We would never normally need that sort of support, particularly for European elections. We do now. The tone is just fundamentally different.”