Police Scotland host delegation from Norwegian colleagues
Police Scotland recently hosted a delegation from the Norwegian Police Service as part of an established and ongoing relationship.
In the latest of a series of visits, the group of senior officers met Assistant Chief Constable John Hawkins on Thursday 26 September 2019 at the Scottish Police College, Tulliallan, to discuss Police Scotland’s experience of reform. They then visited Livingston Police Station to see policing in action with a focus on local service delivery and partnership working between the police service and key partners, in a co-located setting. Police Scotland’s International Development and Innovation Unit (IDIU), working with officers and staff across the service, deliver support to help keep people safe across the globe, deploying officers and staff globally as well as hosting groups of visitors here in Scotland. Our service has a very high worldwide reputation and this is one example of where other police professionals are learning with and from us to help deliver the best service possible.
Michael Gove ‘ignored Scottish plea to see Brexit policing plan’
Scotland’s justice secretary is angry that police were “blindsided” by ministers at Westminster who refused to share sensitive Brexit planning.
Humza Yousaf wrote a month ago to Michael Gove, minister for no-deal planning, seeking clarity on public order preparations but had no reply. Will Kerr, deputy chief constable for local policing, said on Tuesday that Police Scotland had been denied access to plans to handle civil disruption. The force has only seen arrangements that are heavily focused on the south of England, with little recognition of Scotland’s position, he said.
Scotland beefs up international and border policing as it braces for No Deal Brexit
Scotland’s Chief Constable has beefed up his international and borders policing units as he braces his force for Brexit. Iain Livingstone is desperate to maintain crime-fighting links with the rest of the continent after the UK leaves the European Union, perhaps as early as the end of this month. Senior officers and politicians have long warned about the dangers of losing access to Europol, the EU centre co-ordinating investigations and intelligence.
Scotland set to be first in UK to ban smacking
Smacking children could be made illegal in Scotland today if MSPs vote to change the law to ban their physical punishment.
The smacking ban is set to be voted on by the Scottish Parliament and would give children the same protection from violence as adults by removing the defence of justifiable assault in Scots law. The Bill, introduced by Scottish Greens MSP John Finnie, faces its final vote on Wednesday, with the former police officer calling for cross-party support for the “vital legal protections for Scotland’s children”. Removing a parent’s right to hit their child would bring Scotland up to international standards, Mr Finnie has argued, adding: “Physical punishment has no place in 21st century”. Ahead of the vote, Mr Finnie MSP said: “This evening the Scottish Parliament has the opportunity to show courageous leadership by putting in place vital legal protections for Scotland’s children.