Stress and exhaustion experienced by Scots police officers highlighted in new research
The stress, exhaustion and depressed mood experienced by police officers in Scotland has been highlighted in new research compiled by a Canadian academic. The research by Professor Linda Duxbury from Carleton University in Ottawa was sponsored by the Scottish Police Federation (SPF) and surveyed officers in six divisions across Scotland in May, June and September this year. It found almost four in five officers (79 per cent) from just under 3,000 responses reported a lack of officers or staff to do work caused daily stress or stress several times each week, while 56 per cent of officers at all ranks said they either rarely or never received an uninterrupted break at work. That figure rose to 80 per cent for officers who are at or above the rank of inspector.
Cybercrime Triples in Scotland
The number of cybercrimes recorded by the Scottish police has more than tripled in a year, according to Scottish newspaper The Herald. In an article published yesterday, the paper said that new statistics released by the force show that from April to September this year, 4,495 cybercrimes were recorded, including stalking, sexual crimes, and fraud. The figures represent an increase of 315% when compared to the same time period in 2018. The total figure of recorded cybercrimes could climb higher as data has not yet been received from all divisions. Police told the Scottish newspaper that the jump in recorded cybercrimes could be down to better detection and identification techniques rather than a sudden electronic crime-wave.
Nicola Sturgeon accused of false claim about crime figures
Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of misleading the public after claiming crime in Scotland is at an historic low when latest figures show that it is on the rise. During a radio interview today the first minister was challenged on her record and insisted that crime was declining. “Violent crime is at a 40-year-plus low in Scotland right now,” she told BBC Radio 5Live. “Crime, generally, is at 40-year-plus low. Violent crime has reduced since — in the period we’ve been in office— I think faster than crime generally. “That’s not complacency, we need to continue to drive those figures down, but crime has been falling in Scotland.”
Police Andrew Walls, Niamh Hughes and Craig Grant braved River Leven
Three police officers who formed a human chain to rescue a drowning woman from the River Leven have won a Scottish Police Federation Bravery Award. Police received a late night call reporting that a woman had fallen into the freezing and fast-flowing water near Dumbarton on March 29 this year. Sergeant Andrew Walls was joined by constables Niamh Hughes and Craig Grant as they scoured the riverbank in almost total darkness. After locating the stricken woman, who was now almost completely submerged, they launched a rescue mission to pull her from the water.
Four Dumbarton police officers are rewarded for their bravery
A Dumbarton police sergeant who fended off a machete-wielding thug and a trio of cops who saved the life of a woman who had fallen into the Leven have been recognised for their courage. At a special ceremony, Sergeant Brian Simpson who was subjected to a terrifying murder bid and three brave officers who formed a human chain to rescue a drowning woman were given bravery awards. They were all nominated for the Scottish Police Federation bravery honours which they picked up at an event in Edinburgh on Thursday night. Sergeant Simpson was officially recognised for bravery after responding to a call about a man acting suspiciously in Ashton View, Westcliff, last September.
Dumbarton police Sergeant Brian Simpson honoured after machete attack
A Dumbarton police officer who fended off a machete-wielding thug during a terrifying attempted murder bid has been applauded for his bravery. Sergeant Brian Simpson was responding to a call about a man acting suspiciously in the town’s Ashton View, on September 30 last year. As he approached the hooded figure, he was asked if he was an armed response unit and on saying that he was not, he was chillingly told: “Well, you better get one.”
Information age arrives for policing in Scotland
Malcolm Graham remembers how cops used to be trained in IT. “When I started in the police you used to go on a three-week course to learn to use what they called ‘the computer system’,’ says Scotland’s deputy chief constable for crime and operations. “That course started off with the instructor explaining how to use the mouse, how to point at something, how to click on something.”