New mobile phone technology rolled out across greater Glasgow
Officers in Greater Glasgow are now using mobile devices as part of their operational duties which will allow them to spend more time within communities. The addition of the devices enables officers to deal with incidents, engage with members of the public, support victims and focus on crime prevention. Previously, officers would have to return to their station to record details of an incident on the appropriate systems and complete paperwork. However, the addition of the Samsung Note 9 devices mean that officers are able to connect to police systems whilst working remotely. The mobile devices also enable officers to carry out checks and file crime reports. Officers can also type statements directly on to the device through its digital notebook function Pronto which obtains an electronic signature from victims and witnesses.
Policing MP pledges Glasgow summit on Scotland drug deaths
The UK’s Policing Minister is to call a four-nations summit in Glasgow to tackle drugs deaths, the Scottish Affairs Committee has heard. Almost 1200 people suffered drug-related deaths in Scotland last year, with fatalities concentrated in the Greater Glasgow, Lothian, Lanarkshire and Tayside health board areas. The level is almost three times that of the UK as a whole and higher than that of any other EU country. But appearing before the committee’s inquiry into problem drug use, Home Office minister Kit Malthouse refused to back calls for a legal drug consumption room in Scotland’s biggest city.
New £12m mobile plan aims to put more police on Scottish streets
The rollout of £12 million of mobile devices will put more police officers on the streets, according to Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf. The move was announced yesterday at Glasgow’s city centre police division HQ. Officers across Scotland will be equipped with smartphone-like devices to replace their notebooks. The technology will allow officers to access police databases and incident reports on the move and upload statements directly into police systems. Yousaf said: “What the outcome is, is police officers will be spending more time in the community as opposed to spending time in police stations having to type up incidents, having to type up statements and being behind a desk.”
Drug drivers are warned they could face roadside tests as laws get tougher
Motorists in West Lothian are facing the possibility of roadside drug tests as Scotland gets tougher on drug driving. A new law which introduces strict drug drive limits came into effect on Monday (October 21), with police now able to carry out immediate tests using ‘mouth swabs’ for any motorist they suspect of drug driving, or who have been involved in a collision or stopped for a traffic offence. If the test is positive, drivers will be arrested.
People are up to three times more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a road crash when driving after taking cannabis, rising to 10 times for cocaine.