Scottish police will wear “gender-neutral” baseball caps as part of their uniform
Police officers in Scotland are to start wearing “gender-neutral” baseball-style caps as part of their uniform. All officers will be able to choose reinforced “bump caps” as a non-gendered option to traditional police headwear. The caps were introduced by Northamptonshire Police in May 2017 because “gender-based headgear” was acting as “a barrier to the non-binary transgender community”. But they were ditched 18 months later because they didn’t portray the right image.
Police Scotland reveals consent campaign amidst soaring date rape figures
Police Scotland has launched an awareness campaign following reports that the number of victims raped on a first or second date has increased Over 160 people have reported they were raped in the very early stages of dating in the last year, meaning that in one in ten cases the crime is committed by someone other than a partner or ex-partner, according to data from Police Scotland. These figures, including people who met through social media and dating apps, were released as the force launched its £30,000 anti-rape campaign — #GetConsent — which aims to educate people on what legally constitutes as rape.
Banning parades after Govan violence ‘deeply problematic’
Moves to ban loyalist and republican marches would be “deeply problematic” and erode human rights, an expert on sectarianism has claimed. Riot police were deployed to contain violent clashes between rival groups as the James Connolly Republican Flute Band passed through Govan, southwest Glasgow, on Friday night. The disorder was condemned by Nicola Sturgeon, who represents the area at Holyrood, as utterly unacceptable.