Cycle Law Scotland launches #LightUp campaign
Specialist law firm Cycle Law Scotland is working with Police Scotland as part of a national road safety campaign to highlight the importance of all road users being seen during the winter months. The #LightUp campaign will see cyclists being given a pack of front and rear bicycle lights to ensure they are visible to other road users and it also offers an opportunity to engage with the public about keeping safe. Officers and Cycle Law Scotland will be joined by representatives from bus providers and haulage firms at a series of events during the week, with the campaign aiming to educate all road users about their respective responsibilities. The campaign will also encourage motorists to #LightUp so their vehicles are clearly visible to other road users and they are prepared for winter conditions.
Police pledge: new technology won’t lead to station closures
Moves to introduce new equipment which allows police officers to work without having to go into the office will not lead to station closures in East Lothian, a police chief has pledged. A new £12million national scheme to replace traditional notebooks with smartphone-style Samsung Note 9 devices is about to be rolled out in East Lothian. The move will mean more officers will be out in communities as they can file reports and carry out computer checks while on patrol. Chief Superintendent John McKenzie, Police Scotland’s Lothian and Scottish Borders divisional commander, told a meeting of East Lothian’s police, fire and community safety scrutiny committee that people would see more police on the streets in the coming weeks as the new policy came in.
Legal fight Scots cop demoted for sectarian remarks about Celtic cake and abuse at Catholic schools in legal action against force
A top Scots cop is taking legal against the force after being demoted for making sectarian remarks at work. Ruth Gilfillan, then a detective chief Constable at Police Scotland’s National Rape Taskforce and National Human Trafficking Unit, made a joke about refusing to eat a Celtic birthday cake. She also made comments about children being at risk of abuse in Catholic schools. Gilfillan was arrested at work and although the procurator fiscal decided not to prosecute she was demoted three ranks to constable after an internal investigation.