Drugs use in Scotland ‘may be worse than reported’
Drug use among young people in Scotland may be higher than reported in national statistics, it has been suggested. In a study carried out by youth support charity Includem and the Centre for Youth and Criminal Justice (CYCJ), youth workers believe there has not been a decline in the number of young people using substances. This is despite official statistics published four years ago outlining a fall in drug use among under 15s from 37% to 19% between 2002 and 2015.
Thousands fail to appear for court cases every year in north and north-east
Courts in the north and north-east face “significant” delays and increased costs as thousands of people fail to appear for court cases every year, The Press and Journal reports. Since 2015, officials have granted more than 10,000 arrest warrants to track people who have failed to appear in the dock, at a rate of more than 10 per day. Figures show that almost half of these came from Aberdeen Sheriff Court, and around a quarter from Inverness. Elgin and Peterhead also reported high numbers, at about one per working day in 2018. Scottish Conservative justice spokesman Liam Kerr said people who are “deliberately wasting everyone’s time” must be dealt with.
Police bring in gender-neutral hats to make force more inclusive
Police Scotland officers will be allowed to choose baseball caps, instead of gendered peaked caps or bowler hats, to wear as part of their uniform. The reinforced “bump caps” provide a non-gendered option for all officers in Scotland. They are the same hats as those currently worn by specialist officers, like dog handlers and the firearms unit. Assistant chief constable Mark Williams of Police Scotland said: “Where an officer would prefer not to wear a gender specific hat, it is right they have that option.” “Members of the public may already be familiar with these caps, as many specialists have worn them for several years. Depending on demand for these hats, the public may notice some officers on regular duty wearing them. “They are clearly marked as police uniform and we have taken the opportunity to remind our people of the importance of wearing their hat to identify themselves as police officers.”
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