Hundreds of Police officers on standby to deal with potential Brexit chaos
Police Scotland will have 360 officers on standby to deal with any chaos resulting from Brexit, the force has confirmed. The extra PCs will be expected to deal with any protests and disruption at ports, and could even be sent to other parts of the UK. Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr told the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) that this was “purely a contingency at this stage”. He said it was being confirmed just now to give “officers the required notice about changes to their shifts”.
Police Scotland ready to unleash 360 riot cops to tackle any Brexit chaos
A 360-strong rapid-response riot force will be unleashed by Police Scotland to tackle any Brexit chaos. The round-the-clock unit can be deployed anywhere in Scotland and across the UK, including Northern Ireland in case of protests at air and seaports. Assistant chief constable Mark Williams said officers, drawn from across the country, will provide “flexibility to escalate and step things up if necessary”. He told the Daily Record there’s no suggestion the reserves will be required but said it would be “foolish” not to have officers ready. Chief constable Iain Livingstone has already given a commitment to provide back-up in Northern Ireland, where the European Union border backstop issue remains unresolved.
Police Scotland ‘Brexit base’ to be opened in Midlothian
A Brexit base for Police Scotland will be opened in Midlothian as the force confirmed plans to put 360 officers on standby to deal with incidents that may arise because of the EU exit. The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March and the force hopes to have the officers available from mid next month. They would deal with any incidents related to the potential impact of Brexit such as protests and disruption at ports, and would also be available to deployed elsewhere in Britain on a mutual aid basis. Officers will work in a multi-agency control centre that will be set up in a Police Scotland control room at Bilston Glen.
Police Scotland abandons controversial cyber kiosk roll-out
Police Scotland has abandoned plans to roll out controversial ‘cyber kiosks’ which would allow them to harvest data from mobile phones. Concerns were previously raised over their use in Edinburgh and Stirling, where they were tested without any human rights assessment. Chief Constable Iain Livingstone admitted there had been a failure to fully assess” the kiosks before they were trialled. Judith Robertson, chair of the Scottish Human Right Commission, said: “The commission has previously given the Scottish Parliament its view that there is a lack of clarity about the precise legal basis for the use of this technology, as well as an absence of sufficient oversight safeguards.
Hundreds of drug searches by Borders community action team
A community action team (CAT) set up to tackle “lower level crimes” in the Borders has carried out more than 200 drug searches in its first nine months. The partnership between police and Scottish Borders Council has also issued more than 600 parking tickets. Sgt Rachel Campbell, who is part of the team, said it had dealt with a “wide variety of community issues”. She said it had enjoyed a “high success rate” in drug searches of both people and premises in the region. The police team – launched by the council and Police Scotland in April – has just released figures up until the end of December last year.
Police driver crackdown is first in series of initiatives
Police launched a crackdown on drivers as part of a series of initiatives. Officers set up a vehicle check point at Ardrossan Road in Seamill on Tuesday morning, stopping over 60 vehicles to ensure their condition and ensure drivers had the relevant documentation for their use on the road. Two drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices for alleged vehicle defects, one driver reported for no excise licence and 23 drivers given advice relating to the maintenance of their vehicle and carriage of waste.