Police search for funding to keep officers at Glasgow schools
POLICE Scotland remains “committed” to providing campus cops across Glasgow amid fears some schools could lose out. The force has revealed it is in discussions with Glasgow City Council following changes to to a council fund. Councillor Paul Carey raised concerns over the future of the on-site officers at Drumchapel High School and Knightswood Secondary School. A new Glasgow Communities Fund is replacing the integrated grant fund from April next year. It is designed to support third sector organisations across the city, with more than £60m available over three years.
Scots police officer numbers fall – but SNP defends its “ambitious” record
Police officer numbers have seen a slight fall in Scotland – but the SNP insists it’s record on policing outstrips England and Wales. There were 17,256 police officers in Scotland at the end of September – down by three over the previous three months. It comes as police representatives in Scotland warn of a funding crisis Police Scotland, while Boris Johnson pledges to increase police numbers by 20,000 in England and Wales.
Chief Constable: Police Scotland ‘seriously underfunded’
The Chief Constable of Police Scotland says his force is “seriously underfunded”. Speaking to Scottish Borders Council on a visit to its Newtown St Boswells headquarters, Chief Constable Iain Livingstone spoke to a packed room of local politicians on topics such as the central merger of policing in Scotland, the threats posed to the Scottish public, and the funding of his organisation. At the meeting of the council, held on Thursday, the chief constable told the chamber: “We have come through a period of really quite intense reform and during that time of reform: did we get everything right? No we didn’t. Could we have consulted more? Could we have engaged more? I’m certain that we could have and we go back to 2012 and 2013 and I was part of that, I’m not criticising anybody other than a bit of self reflection myself.
Police and fire crews deal with hundreds of calls on bonfire night in Glasgow
Police and Fire services have dealt with hundreds of incidents on another chaotic bonfire night in Glasgow. Local residents reported neighbourhoods “sounding like warzones” as the skies exploded into life to the sound of fireworks. However, reports of unruly behaviour were also made in several areas, including Govan and Pollokshaws.
Chief constable welcomes £550m-a-year council-funded community policing initiative in Borders
Speaking at a meeting with representatives of Scottish Borders Council at its Newtown headquarters last Thursday, Mr Livingstone said he would be happy to see the community officers keep up the good work being done already. The 14 officers making up the teams should always be in addition to, and not replacements for, officers employed directly by Police Scotland in the region, though, he said. Replying to questioning by Galashiels councillor Euan Jardine, Mr Livingstone, appointed to his current job in August last year, said: “The deployment of community action teams is a philosophical point that I agree with.
Powers to search homes to stop Euro 2020 touts considered
People living in Glasgow could have their home searched for counterfeit goods during the 2020 European Championships by council workers in a bid to clamp down on ticket touts. Legislation has been outlined by the Scottish Government to crack down on touts, fake merchandise and unauthorised street trading at the tournament next summer. They include new powers for non-police “enforcement officers” to tackle such offences similar to police carrying out a home search with a warrant.