Scottish Police Federation concern about violent attacks
NEW figures revealing the number of assaults on the police in Fife are the “tip of the iceberg” according to the Scottish Police Federation. Officers have been attacked 281 times in the Kingdom since the formation of the national force in June 2013. There were 45 incidents in 2016-17, 63 in 2017-18 and 55 in 2018-19. Andy Malcolm, chair of the east area at the Scottish Police Federation, said: “We believe these figures are just the tip of the iceberg. I would suggest that there is a massive underreporting of assaults and violence towards police.
22 drivers stopped in north-east during police crackdown
Operation Cedar, which aims to “challenge driving standards, educate drivers, detect road traffic offences and reduce road casualties”, was carried out in the Kincardine and Mearns area this weekend. In total, 22 drivers were stopped during the operation. Twelve motorists were stopped and educated on driving standards, five drivers were caught speeding and three were charged with minor road traffic offences. Two other motorists were reported to the Procurator Fiscal for drink driving and careless driving while having no insurance.
Scottish Police Authority puts work ‘on hold’ after forensics supplier hit by cyber attack
The Scottish Police Authority has put a contract with a forensics services company ‘on hold’ after the supplier was hit by a cyber attack. Eurofins Scientific, a worldwide supplier of laboratory services with 800 labs in 47 countries, was hit by a ransomware attack last month. The organisation, which has its headquarters in Luxembourg, jointly handles biology cases that Police Scotland cannot process internally. It was awarded a contract last September as SPA Forensic Services sought to address a number of resourcing issues.