Police Scotland ‘as ready as can be’ for Brexit
Deputy Chief Constable of local policing Will Kerr was updating a special meeting of the Scottish Police Authority in Aberdeen yesterday on how the force’s Brexit preparations were progressing. The UK is to leave the EU on January 31, but there is the general election next month posing some uncertainty first. DCC Kerr said: “I think everyone is looking to see what December 12 brings. We are ready to police and keep Scotland safe whatever may come. “We are as operationally ready as we can be, we are still waiting for political clarity of the how and the when.”
Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-driving launched
Motorists are being warned not to risk driving under the influence of drink or drugs as police launch a Christmas crackdown on the offences. It is the first festive season campaign when motorists can face roadside drugs tests, after new drug-drive laws came into force last month. So far, 96 people have provided positive roadside drug tests since the new law came into force on October 21. This year’s campaign highlights the criminal and personal consequences of being found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol or with drugs in your system.
North-east police stalwart, Hugh Duncan, is recognised for 52 years of service
A north-east police volunteer who is Scotland’s longest-serving special constable was recognised in Aberdeen yesterday for more than five decades of service. After 52 years in the role, Hugh Duncan, 73, was presented with a long-service certificate and award by assistant chief constable John Hawkins at the police’s city HQ on Queen Street. Having joined the police as a volunteer in 1967, Mr Duncan, from Aberchirder, is one of the most stalwart members of the UK’s 12,000-strong special constabulary.