Humza Yousaf urged to address fall in police officer numbers
Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has been asked to make an urgent Holyrood statement after it emerged police officer numbers have fallen to the lowest level in almost a decade. Official Scottish Government figures showed there were 17,147 full-time equivalent officers in the country at the end of September. The number is 25 down on the last quarter and a decrease of 103 from September 2017.
Campaigners say Scots justice system ‘fails’ rape victims
Women who believe the Scottish legal system has allowed men accused of raping them to escape justice are calling for the rule of ‘corroboration’ to be scrapped. Shirley Ross, 40, and Emma Bryson, 46, along with three other women who remain anonymous – are demanding a change, saying the current system has “failed” them.
Concerns raised over drop in police numbers across Scotland
Official data yesterday showed that the number of officers in Grampian hit 3,337 in the last quarter – the lowest level in almost two years, and down 19 on the previous three months. In the Highlands and islands, the strength of the force dropped by 26 officers since the last quarter, to its lowest level for a year, at 2,821. However, the decline was more dramatic across Scotland as a whole, with the number of officers falling to the lowest level in almost a decade. Nationwide, there were 17,147 full-time equivalent officers in the country at the end of September, down 25 on the last quarter and a decrease of 103 from September 2017.
Police reject watchdog’s claims of ‘sinister’ failure to record crimes
POLICE chiefs have strongly rejected a watchdog’s claims that officers made errors in recording crimes because they are incompetent or motivated by something more “sinister”. Kate Frame, the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (Pirc), accused officers of failing to refer criminal allegations within their ranks to prosecutors.
Police ‘inappropriately recorded’ allegations against officers
Police Scotland bosses have been accused of having “inappropriately recorded” allegations made against officers. Kate Frame, the police investigations and review commissioner (Pirc), told MSPs that when someone complained of being “unlawfully detained” by police, it was treated as a “quality of service complaint”. In another example, she said an allegation of someone being punched in the face by a police officer was recorded as them having used “excessive force” instead of an assault.
Police officers attacked by youths throwing fireworks in Glasgow
Residents described being forced to hide in their homes for hours as large gangs of youths let off fireworks at houses, cars and police on November 5. One of the most serious incidents police said officers were called out to was at Herriet Street and Albert Drive in Pollokshields. They responded to reports of a group of between 30 and 40 youths, wearing masks and setting off fireworks indiscriminately, which caused damage to windows and struck passing cars. When officers arrived the youths threw fireworks and other objects at them.